Pubblication: 9th July 2020 – Hodder & Stoughton
Brilliantly creepy and completely absorbing, Finders, Keepers follows the growing obsession between two neighbours and shines a ruthless spotlight on the vanities of modern middleclass urbanites.
Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new. New project – a house to renovate. New people – no links to the past. New friends – especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help.
Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She’s always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest. Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family.
And once they realise how formidable she can be, it might well be too late.
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Finders, Keepers, the new novel by Sabine Durrant.
Let me start by saying that this is my first novel by Sabine Durrant, but I think Finders, Keepers is a good starting point to discover this author because I fell in love with her captivating writing style and her intriguing plot and I am already trying to decide which of her other books read next.
The story starts with the protagonist, Verity, deciding to write down how she came to be involved with the Tilson family starting from the day they moved in next-door. Right from the beginning, Verity is drawn to Ailsa Tilson, her husband Tom, and their three children, especially their son Max, who she starts tutoring in English. Soon, both Verity and Ailsa get more and more entangled in each other lives and they form a kind of friendship. However, each of them has their own secrets to protect and, one day, tragedy strikes.
I devoured this novel. First of all, the characters are brilliant. They are multi-layered and full of secrets and I can’t say I really liked any of them. We see these characters through Verity’s descriptions of them, so how much can we trust what she says? Verity is a very complex characters. The story is told from her perspective and the author takes you right into her head. I found fascinating and intriguing reading Verity’s thoughts, her fears and her hopes, and the secrets that she slowly decides to unravel kept me glued to the page. There’s something about Verity that gave me the chills, although there were a few times that I felt sorry for her. Her friendship with Ailsa is beneficial for both, but also an unlikely friendship. They are two completely different characters and you will find this mirrored simply in the way they each dress or the way they keep their house: Verity’s second-hand clothes and house full of things and memorabilia don’t match with Ailsa’s expensive dresses and spartan house. And yet these two different women spend more and more time together, telling each other secrets and depending on each other.
Finders, Keepers is a dark, chilling, slow-burning tale of obsession, of manipulation, of secrets that will capture from the very first page and won’t let you go until you reach the last pages where the unexpected ending will take you completely by surprise.
A huge thank you to Jenny and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
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Sabine Durrant is the author of four psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin, Remember Me This Way, Lie With Me, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection and Sunday Times paperback bestseller, and Take Me In. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines.
She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.