by Felicity Everett
Karen is driving through a strange landscape into a new life. Always a city girl, now she is on her way to an idyllic country cottage, refurbished for her with impeccable taste by her husband Nick. They’re making a fresh start.
But something is awry in the new house – it’s not just the fact that Karen and Nick are ill at ease in one another’s company – that their recent history is far from picture perfect, it’s the whole vibe. The landscape is breathtaking by day, eerie by night. If the countryside is supposed to be a place of peace, far away from curtain-twitchers, who is the person watching them from the hill? And who are their new neighbours?
With Karen only recently emerging from a dark place in her life, can she find the trust in her husband Nick to let go of events that have followed them to their new house?
“The Move” is pretty similar. It’s a neighbourhood story following the lives of Karen and Nick, a couple who have recently move to a scenic English village in an attempt to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Karen and Nick have had a difficult few years and they’re hoping that this move will be a fresh start for them both.
Although I did enjoy it for the most part, I felt that this book was a little uneventful, as beyond the actual move, there’s very little plot. Instead this is a slow moving book that’s full of lovely description, much more than typically required to set the scene. This meant that I had very clear pictures in my head of the village and the people living in it, but I sadly didn’t have a great deal of interest in what was going on between them all.
I think that if you go into this book expecting a quaint domestic drama about a couple finding their place amongst new friends, you’ll enjoy it! If you go into this expecting a mystery or thriller, as advertised by the blurb, I suspect you’ll be a little disappointed. I actually had the exact same feelings about ‘The People at Number 9‘, so I suspect this is the style that the author is going for. It’s not my favourite type of read, but I know that this kind of story will be loved by many so if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please don’t let me put you off!
Overall rating: “The Move” was another 3 star read for me. The writing was good and there were lots of lovely descriptions, but the plot didn’t really have much to offer. Recommended for fans of a domestic drama, rather than a thriller or mystery.
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