To those who think they know her, Eliza Curran has it all: two healthy children, a stunning home and a wealthy, adoring husband. No one would guess the reality of her life: trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling man, she longs for a way out.
When she takes on a new tenant, her life changes unexpectedly. Dan Jones is charming and perceptive, and quickly becomes a close friend to the whole family.
But Dan’s arrival threatens to tip Eliza’s fragile world out of balance. And when someone has as many secrets as Eliza does, the smallest slip could destroy everything . . .
So much I loved about this book and so much that frustrated me and made me want to scream. Eliza is maddening, both in her behaviour and her choices. Her wealthy husband Martin is controlling, even from his wheelchair, following a terrible accident that has left him a paraplegic. Eliza is a recovering alcoholic and Martin ‘saved’ her from her addiction. She owes him and he believes he has the power to take the children away from her if she steps out of line.
Martin’s pregnant sister Ali is Eliza’s best friend and their children play together all the time. Ali’s husband Pete works for Martin as his architect on building projects. But there is no loyalty where Martin is concerned. He’d ditch Pete in the blink of an eye if someone better pitched for the work.
But Eliza has secrets, leaving her vulnerable, so when charming, attractive, Dan Jones rents one of her flats, she is quickly bowled over. I get this up to a point. She is unhappy in her marriage and is flattered by Dan’s attention. But so is Isabel, the beautiful, young French Au pair who looks after the children Aurora and Lucas. If I had an Au pair she would be more like Nanny McPhee than Isabel, but Martin seems immune to her charms.
As Dan insinuates himself into the family, things start to spiral out of control for Eliza. She has no idea how to handle the situation and I lost any sympathy for her as she makes one stupid choice after another. Only by the final third did I almost start to take her side. Reality hits her like a punch on the nose, but still she does the most stupid things.
It’s a great book though, full of excitement and reading in staves with my fellow Pigeons added to the enjoyment. Sometimes the comments enhance the experience!
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and now lives in London with her husband. After raising her two children and working various jobs, her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write her acclaimed debut novel, One Little Mistake. When I Find You was her second thriller.