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The Move – Felicity Everett

With thanks to HQ Stories for the invitation to join this blog tour.

Can you paint over the cracks in a marriage? 

Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.

A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?

But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling.  And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.

From the author of the bestselling The People at Number 9 comes a dark and redemptive tale of a rural dream gone wrong…

Our Author: Felicity Everett

Felicity Everett grew up in Manchester and studied English Literature at Sussex University. She worked in children’s publishing in London, whilst raising a family and is the author of more than twenty works of children’s fiction and non-fiction. After a short career break, Felicity returned to writing full-time and in 2011 published her debut novel, The Story of Us, a funny and touching account of the friendships forged between five women at University in the 1980s. Her second novel, The People at Number 9, published in April 2017, is a dark satire on sex, envy and betrayal in the suburbs. Felicity has recently returned from a few years living in Melbourne, with her husband and now lives in Gloucestershire. Her new book, The Move, out in January 2020 is a gothic tale of marriage and mental instability set in the dark heart of the countryside. 

My Review: The Move

We first meet Nick and Karen, as they move into their new home, in the country. Nick has done everything because Karen has been ill. He’s even installed an all-new ceramic studio for her to create her works.

It seems the move was prompted by Nicks’s actions, and so they upped sticks and hauled themselves off to an idyllic country cottage, newly renovated to their tastes, and how they like it. This means new neighbours, making new friends and healing the wounds that caused the move in the first place.

Ethan, their son returns from Australia and is desperate to get back there asap before he takes up with the local barmaid, Sally. And theres Gabe, Nick son from his first marriage. They melt nicely into life in the country, who wouldn’t. Auctions and fancy neighbours all actually taking an interest in each other’s lives, not like London. Karen becomes good friends with neighbour Cath and their friendship, though new is important to them both.

Karen’s work is taking off again, after a short break. She’s a ceramicist and a good one at that, her work is in demand and shes thinking her next exhibition will be an installation, not just a range of pots. They need to work together, as a whole, not individuals. And this could be a metaphor for Nick and Karen’s lives right now too. Karen uses her work to take her mind off the things that are going on around her, the world as she knew it crashed around her and its taking time to fix it, being in her studio gives her thinking time and she needs this time right now.

When Katen is taken ill, Nick realises how much he loves her and its a huge turning point for them both.

Out in ebook on 23rd January and hardcopy in August 2020

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