Type: Stand alone
Recommendation: Yes, I would recommend this to fans of Gillian Flynn. Everyone loves a good mystery told from a female POV right?
Pricing: Very good, you can get this e-book for .99 cents and the paperback for less than $10.00.
Summary: +interesting plot +good ending +well build characters +steady pace
When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.
But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane…
That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.
She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?
As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…
First thing I noticed when reading Valentina is the way that the author switches from present to past in the same paragraph in certain places. It is mildly confusing. I get that it is written as a recollection with hindsight but it still gets slightly muddled. After getting through the first few chapters and adjusting, I quite enjoyed my experience. I received a copy of this book, unfinished prior to publication so I was totally expecting there to be errors and such, but when reading it I discovered that chapter four is just a page? Did I miss anything good there? Well if I did it would only add to the fabulousness that is this book. I had my suspicions at first, the way in which the book is written threw me off a bit, not to mention the language used is a bit different from the English used in the United States. There are several terms that I no doubt are used frequently in other parts of the world but were unfamiliar to me. In the end, I was very pleased as I progressed through the book and was even pleasantly surprised by the ending.
Valentina is written in three parts, from two point of views and is a completely wild ride. Initially narrated from the point of view of Shona, a woman uprooted from her work and her life after she moved with her husband his job. She is lonely. With her small child in tow, she ventures out to meet friends of the adult variety and stumbles across Valentina. Wildly attractive, hilarious and flirtatious, Valentina and her became instant friends. Unfortunately for her, her previously calm and boring life becomes more a mix of confusion, mistrust and paranoia. The plot is interesting, without being over the top. The characters are well-built, Shona more so than the others but they still felt some complex emotions. The pace is steady and the inner dialogue the reader experiences with both Shona and Valentina is believable. I would say this book is definitely worth the read!
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.