On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping debut novel by Katherine Faulkner, Greenwich Park.
Helen has it all…
Daniel is the perfect husband.
Rory is the perfect brother.
Serena is the perfect sister-in-law.
And Rachel? Rachel is the perfect nightmare.
When Helen, finally pregnant after years of tragedy, attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving architect husband to arrive soon after, along with her confident, charming brother Rory and his pregnant wife, the effortlessly beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel.
Extroverted, brash, unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who just wants to get know Helen and her friends and her family. Who just wants to know everything about them. Every little secret.
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner is a book that has been getting lots of praise recently, and I can see why. This is a pacy and a highly addictive read which I could not put down. Katherine Faulkner is an exciting new writer who I will be keeping an eye on. Greenwich Park is a belter of a book.
Katherine Faulkner grabbed my interest from the first few pages, and her writing and the characters compelled me to read on. We meet Helen, who is pregnant and currently attending antenatal classes. While there, she meets the eccentric Rachel, who quickly becomes quite attached to Helen. But there is something sinister about Rachel. Very soon, both of their worlds will be turned upside down.
When Katherine Faulkner first introduces us to Helen and Rachel, Rachel made me feel extremely uncomfortable. It was how she latched onto Helen which made me think that something was up here, especially as well in some of her actions. There was one scene in particular close to the beginning, and I won’t into detail too much here, which made my jaw drop open. I really wouldn’t have blamed Helen if she wanted to walk away from Rachel there and then. And Helen is soon desperate for Rachel to leave her alone, especially when Rachel starts encroaching on her family life.
But as we get to know more about Rachel’s character, my perception of her began to change, and it’s here where it becomes hard to talk about the plot without giving anything away. The rest of the characters, Helen’s friends and family, are really unlikeable. You can see that Rachel doesn’t quite fit in with this particular crowd. It made me wonder what she was really doing and what was really going on inside her mind.
We also hear from the viewpoints of Serena and Katie. Serena is Helen’s sister-in-law, and Katie is another friend from the antenatal class. I really liked how Katherine Faulkner explored their characters. I kept asking questions about them, and it made me desperate to find out was really going on here. They are characters who will get under your skin.
I loved, loved this book; it’s a real page-turner. If you haven’t yet got it on your TBR pile, then you really need to rectify that ASAP. I can’t wait to see what Katherine Faulkner comes up with next.
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Print length: 464 pages
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