On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new novel by Louise Mangos, The Beaten Track.
She thinks she is safe now that she’s home from her travels… but her nightmare has only just begun.After her stalker takes his life and she’s jilted by a holiday lover, Sandrine comes home from her round-the-world backpacking trip perturbed, penniless and pregnant. She meets handsome Scott who offers her love, security and all she and her new baby could ever wish for.
But their dream is about to turn into a nightmare…
I’ve been a huge fan of Louise Mangos writing for a while now, ever since I read her first short stories published online. When I first read the blurb for her latest novel, The Beaten Track, it sounded really enticing. I was not disappointed. We follow Sandrine, a young woman from Switzerland who has come on a difficult journey recently in her life, during her travels around the world. Now, she believes she has met the man of her dreams, Scott, someone who could be a father to her new born son. This could be the happy ending to the recent troubles she has been through. But she has no idea what danger she is putting herself in.
Louise Mangos creates a chilling atmosphere in The Beaten Track, especially when she takes us back in time over the previous months, when we see Sandrine travelling. I really liked the international aspect to this book, as we get to travel to different locations around the world with Sandrine, and I think it really makes the book come to life. Louise Mangos draws on each setting really well.
Sandrine meets Jake as she is travelling, and he falls head over heels in love with her, but Sandrine doesn’t welcome his feelings for her. There is real tension as Jake gets closer to Sandrine throughout her travels as he stalks her across the globe. We also hear from his point of view and these scenes really draw you into his character, and they are so compelling, and his voice is very creepy. You get a real sense of what is driving Jake throughout this book, and it’s what makes this such a gripping read, as it made me wonder what was going to happen between him and Sandrine. His voice really made me feel terrified for her.
Louise Mangos ups the tension as she takes us back to the present, and I was racing through the final chapters. You can really sense the danger Sandrine is in, and I had to know what she was going to do to protect herself and her son. Louise Mangos wraps everything up in a satisfactory way and she delivers a chilling final note. You’ll be on the edge of your seat.
I really enjoyed The Beaten Track. I know I’ll pick up anything Louise Mangos writes as I absolutely love her voice and her writing, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next. If you haven’t yet discovered her books, you need to add them to your TBR pile as soon as possible.
Publisher: Red Dog Press
Publication date: 10th April 2022
Print length: 317 pages
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