On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Isabel Ashdown, Homecoming, as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part.
Welcome to The Starlings… sun, sea and neighbours to die for.
Security, a sparkling sea view and the best kind of neighbours – The Starlings gated community has it all. Here, doors are left open, children run free, and at the heart of it all is the entrepreneurial Gold Family, who first dreamed up this aspirational vision of ‘Dorset’s Safest Community’. To the outside world the popular family appears glitteringly blessed… until an idyllic party takes a dark turn and one of their number is found slumped at the foot of the clocktower. Who knows what really happened? And what answers are harboured within the old building, the former Highcap Mother and Baby Home?’
I’m a huge fan of Isabel Ashdown’s writing, so I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour for her latest book, Homecoming. I love a thriller that zooms in on a tight knit community and this is what Isabel Ashdown does in this book and it is a gripping read.
The setting of this novel is a former Mother and Baby Home which does carry with it, a dark and intriguing past. But the home is now a luxury development called The Starlings, created by the Gold family who also live there. Some of the residents who have moved in, have a connection to its past, and they are keen to bring the knowledge of what happened at the home into the public domain. This sort of setting, a new luxury retreat, with top of the range security, can be idyllic, but it also gives the feeling that there are people watching you, and that everyone knows everyone’s secrets and Isabel Ashdown describes it very well.
It’s the characters who really pulled me into the story and the secrets they might be hiding. This is what creates tension. I felt as though there was something dark going on here, especially when things take a more sinister turn, with the discovery of a body at the foot of the clock tower. As the police get involved, it feels as though Isabel Ashdown really is putting her characters under the microscope. I was especially keen to find out more about Ginny and her past and what happened at the top of the clock tower.
I loved the way how Isabel Ashdown peeled back the layers of what is really going on inside this community. I wouldn’t describe this as a particularly fast paced book, but Isabel Ashdown’s writing is very addictive. Isabel Ashdown builds characters really well and they are what make her books stand out. There is also a lot of emotion in her book, especially as the history of the starlings is explored further, and there are some harrowing secrets which come to light.
Isabel Ashdown is a brilliant writer. If you haven’t discovered her books yet, you need to read them.
Publication date: 24th November 2022
Print length: 356 pages
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