Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.
When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It’s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son’s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.
After Sophie disappears, it’s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah’s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.
But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?
Very carefully read a treebook that I will treasure as it is not yet out in paperback until 6th October and I am delighted to have been able to it read in advance.
There are not many books that fall into the category of please remind me to breathe, but Never Alone is one of them for sure. It is writing at its finest, it is descriptive, eerie, chilling and fast paced – everything about it is just fits perfectly.
Is great reading all the way through then boom a remind myself to breathe moment begins and I found myself pleading internally with the one of the central characters (can’t reveal who or why) not to do what I suspected was about to happen, the plot setting was that powerful and all the emotions are captured so so well at the pivotal points. Superb does not even begin to cover it and once again another dream of mine (living in remote rural area) has been removed entirely from my head.
Elizabeth Haynes has long been one of my ATF authors and Never Alone secures her place there firmly.
Oodles of thanks to Elizabeth for making a long time fan feel very lucky indeed.