I can’t believe how long its been since I read Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. I need to catch up on her previous book still, but I had to read her latest book, Finders, Keepers and I’m really glad I did.
Verity Baxter has lived – quietly, carefully – in Trinity Fields all her life. Then Ailsa and Tom Tilson move in next door and everything changes. Can Verity trust what she hears through the walls?
And what about the Tilsons: should they pity their eccentric neighbour and her messy house? Or should they fear her?
Either way, like the ivy that creeps through their shared garden fence, their lives are entwined now. And the knots can only get tighter . . .
I’m a huge fan of Sabine Durrant’s writing. The last book I read by her was Lie With Me, which was a few years ago, and after reading her latest, Finders, Keepers, I definitely need to catch up. Her plotting in her latest novel is excellent, and I loved how she twisted everything on its head. I was blown away by the ending of this book.
What Sabine Durrant excels at as well, in this book and in the last book I read by her, is her characters. They feel like real people, and I love the way how she gets inside their heads and how she explores their personalities. Verity is the main character in Finders, Keepers. As I was reading, I spent a lot of that time feeling sorry for Verity. I felt that she was quite a vulnerable character, although it did seem to me at some times in the novel, that she didn’t mind spending time on her own. She does have her dog, who is Verity’s world, to look after as well.
Things begin to change for Verity, however, when a young family move in next door. Although things get off to a bit of a shaky start between them, Verity soon forms a friendship with, Alisa. Verity also starts helping out Alisa’s son with his English. From the start, I didn’t like Alisa very much. I felt as though she was using Verity. As Verity was someone who lived on her own, with very little company, I could see that Alisa must have seen that she was very easy to take advantage of.
I didn’t like Alisa’s husband, Tom, right from the outset. Although he doesn’t appear as a main character throughout the book, you can certainly sense his presence. It’s how he speaks to Verity as well that made me dislike him right from the start.
Don’t go into this novel, expecting a fast-paced read. It is much more of a slow-burner, but that is the beauty of the storytelling here as we step into the characters’ lives. It’s what makes the ending all the more shocking as well. You’ll think you know who the characters are and then Sabine Durrant twists everything on its head. It is very well crafted.
I absolutely loved this book, and I think Sabine Durrant has definitely now become one of my auto-buy writers. Finders, Keepers, is absorbing from the first page right through to the chilling finale. Its characters will definitely get under your skin. I highly recommended it!
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Print length: 320 pages
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