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Feb 23, A Reader's Heaven rated it liked it Shelves: net-galley , womens-fiction , contemporary. I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I thought this would be like cleansing my reading palate Mostly though, I just needed something "different Evie returns home after the death of her father and discovers things about her family that could shatter her world. What I did like: the writing style. The author wrote this story with a flowing style that kept me reading, hiding a few little secrets away from us so that the reveals that we got were mostly surprising and kept me engaged throughout.
For sure - plenty of good quality writing. Give it a shot! Paul ARH Nov 09, Deborah Allin rated it really liked it. I enjoyed it as the book takes you on a journey into the past and present life of the central character Evie, who lost her brother at a young age and had to live with the painful aftermath as well as dealing with the added complication of her mother's reaction to that loss. At the start of the book we meet both teenage Evie and adult Evie returning to the UK following the death of her father many years later. Essentially its a novel about grief but also about deception, family secrets and betrayal.
What makes it enjoyable are the characters and the style of writing. For me it was one of those books that keeps your attention and interest throughout. I enjoyed the exploration of how people deal with the unexpected and longed for, when those longings are thwarted and we are faced with truths that can be difficult to swallow and painful to digest. She was a woman who, twenty years after the death of her son, still needed medication to get to sleep. Who knew what demons haunted her dreams? Or whole family had experienced Graham's death, lived with the aftermath, but it had left very different scars on each of our souls.
Mum has surprised me so much since Dad died that I was beginning to wonder if I knew her at all. I'd always seen her as weak, as someone who needed protecting, but now I began to wonder. It must have taken a great deal of strength to live with the knowledge that she'd had.
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Could I have done the same? Jun 04, Den rated it liked it Shelves: , thriller-mystery. Evie comes home when she learns of her father's death and to help her mother get things in order. But she uncovers secrets which both her mother and father have kept. The final discovery I had an inkling of earlier in the book but was hoping against hope I was wrong. The mother is one controlling, crazy woman. Jul 13, Jane Beecher rated it it was amazing.
Mar 03, Becky Remoy rated it it was ok. Not a page turner for me.
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Feb 24, Sandy rated it it was amazing. First, let me say that this is a beautifully written book. I was blown away to discover it is a debut novel. I look forward to what is to come in the future from Annabel Kantaria. I am already a fan. This book is an exploration of so many things — grief, family dynamics, second chance romance, family secrets, lies, deception, betrayal and mystery…a gripping read - and sometimes heart-wrenching. Kantaria created well-developed characters and an emotion-packed story. The dialogue is easy t First, let me say that this is a beautifully written book.
The dialogue is easy to read and flows well.
I love that the characters were human. They talked, felt and reacted like real people that you know. Set aside some reading time before you pick up this book because it really is hard to put down. You will find yourself thinking about it even when you are not reading it. The plot-line is suspenseful. It kept me riveted to the pages after the introductory chapters. Nothing is what it seems — there are secrets and twists that surprise the reader — sometimes with a gut-punch! Annabel Kantaria ably draws us along to search for the answers right along with the characters.
A perfect read for a wintry day with something warm to drink — or under an umbrella on the beach. I highly recommend! May 11, Louise Mullins rated it did not like it Shelves: contemporary-fiction. In one word- Boring! I got into the book almost straight away, however as the novel progressed the pace slowed, until the final ten or so pages which didn't surprise me in the least- in fact none of it did- concluded. Parts of the story were completely unbelievable. Including the 'love story' with Luca. I actually guessed the novel from the moment the bank account invoice was found and was disappointed that this continued In one word- Boring!
I actually guessed the novel from the moment the bank account invoice was found and was disappointed that this continued throughout, without any twists or turns to lead me to think otherwise. It was well written, but at times described too much unnecessary detail and the characters were one dimensional and predictable.
A little more emotion rather than vague descriptions of emotion could have been used to cover the important topic, which by the end didn't seem all that important: just rather 'oh well. I feel sorry for this author, having a debut novel published that's lacking so much in sincerity and care. I just didn't care about the characters enough but rushed on ahead to finish the book, hoping that it would soon be over. Jun 02, Nicki Southwell rated it really liked it. Evie returns home after the death of her father, to support her mother and to face the pain from her childhood that she had left behind.
Her older brother died in an accident aged 10 and Evie's life changed for ever.
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She moved to Dubai with a friend and rarely came home to see her family, nor did they visit her. Whilst going through her father's files and bank statements Evie uncovers something shocking and realises that she didn't know her father at all. Her mother's fragile mental health has be Evie returns home after the death of her father, to support her mother and to face the pain from her childhood that she had left behind. Her mother's fragile mental health has been the catalyst to all that had been so difficult in the past, especially after her brother's death, so she cannot discuss this with her.
Her dilemma is whether to pursue this new avenue and if to confide in her mother. At the funeral she meets her boyfriend from her school days. He had wanted something permanent but she felt she was too young. It is to him she turns, with his encouragement, to sort out fact from fiction.
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Her journey takes things to another level and the secrets leave her astonished that she knew and understood so little about her father. Her mother also has a few surprises as well. Keep reading Mar 07, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , cant-live-without , womens-fiction. Becoming progressively darker in tone as the book progresses, this is contemporary fiction dealing with the consequences of, and responses to, grief, but with splashes of psychological thriller and romance craftily intertwined. Returning home from Dubai to help her mother sort out arrangements for her father's funeral, Evie arrives to find her mother acting somewhat unexpectedly.
When Evie goes through her father's accounts, she uncovers a long-held secret that keeps unravelling to a potentially Becoming progressively darker in tone as the book progresses, this is contemporary fiction dealing with the consequences of, and responses to, grief, but with splashes of psychological thriller and romance craftily intertwined. When Evie goes through her father's accounts, she uncovers a long-held secret that keeps unravelling to a potentially unsavoury conclusion.
Throw in an ex-boyfriend, some new acquaintances and an estranged uncle, and what starts off as a short trip home quickly descends into a much longer journey to make sense of the past. Well-written, tense, and uplifting despite the dark theme, this was a highly enjoyable read. Brilliant for three quarters of the book, but the 'twists' are a bit obvious and the ending felt disappointing. Evie, the main character, was likeable and believable, but some of the details felt a bit too unlikely, bumping into her ex - boyfriend who happened to be single while arranging her fathers funeral, going to the coffee shop and her brother working that day and time etc.
The Brilliant for three quarters of the book, but the 'twists' are a bit obvious and the ending felt disappointing. The message seems to be that the loss of her child and suffering from her husbands betrayal has been punishment enough for her mothers actions, but this doesn't cover the time before her marriage and someone with her psychopathic tendencies is surely a continuing danger? Worth a read but I wish the ending had been more satisfying! Jan 11, Linzi rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I found it hard to believe that the elderly mother could ever have pulled off such a cruel lie, without anyone knowing. As well as that, I really wanted her to stay with Luca! I also felt it was a bit too romantic how he was prepared to drop everything and run off to Dubai with her, to of course, be a photographer. Maybe my glass is half empty, but that spoiled it for me a little. Overall a very good book, that I felt dealt with the cautious matter of grief and heartbreak well.
Some serious subjects in the story, one of which being her mothers mental breakdown following her sons death. Very well portrayed, and definitely worth a read. Apr 06, Jayne Burnett rated it really liked it. Following her Dads death she learns she has a half brother Tom. Evie is struggling to cope with the loss of her much loved Dad, the news of a half brother whom she meets, meeting her Dads mistress and learning that his mistress is e pecting another child.
Is this all the family hidden secrets revealed? No - Evie's mother has further secrets and lies to reveal. The reader will not be disappointed by this book as the story unravels right to the end. Feb 27, Claire rated it liked it Shelves: book , netgalley , new-author-to-me Coming Home is a story of bereavement and how everyone deals with grief in their own way. Evie lost her older brother at a young age in a tragic accident and before she reaches 30 she loses her dad unexpectedly. She returns from Dubai to help her mum arrange the funeral and sort out her dads affairs.
As the days go on, Evie discovers she didn't know her family as well as she thought she did. The book was very easy to read, the characters well portrayed. I wanted to know more as each secret was unc Coming Home is a story of bereavement and how everyone deals with grief in their own way. I wanted to know more as each secret was uncovered. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
This was a bit on the ridiculous side.
You know from the outset there has been some kind of family trauma when the brother died. A book dealing with the family emotions and fallout would have been ok and probably got more stars. There were parts of the plot - like understanding the dad - that just got touched upon and then dropped. It felt a bit like curve balls were thrown in for the sake of curve balls and then written off in a way that left me thinking "really" by the end. It just tried to be This was a bit on the ridiculous side. It just tried to be too many things all at once and didn't quite hit the mark with any of them.
Personally I would go for a book that knows its own identity. ARC provided by NetGalley: This is a book that started off a little slow, with promises of being a decent story. When Evie's dad dies, she returns home to help her mom settle his affairs. A simple enough process, painful sure but fairly straightforward. But then she realizes her childhood isn't what it appeared to be. It begins when she uncovers a devastating secret about her dad. This new knowledge changes everything she thought she knew about her family.
And then comes another twist. In the end ARC provided by NetGalley: This is a book that started off a little slow, with promises of being a decent story. In the end, Evie isn't sure what to believe or who to trust. This was a good story, somewhat predictable but still with enough unknown to keep me interested. Oct 28, Marion Grassie rated it it was amazing Shelves: giveaways.
I was fortunate enough to receive this book in an online giveaway. Characters are well portrayed and interesting and the story is based around the main character, Evie, who leaves her life in Dubai to return to England following the death of her father. What emerges thereafter are unexpected family secrets - a huge understatement.
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I look forward to more from Annabel Kantaria. Apr 22, Kelly rated it it was amazing. Evie is living her life quite happily in Dubai until one day she gets a phone call that turns her life upside down We learn about Evie, her mother and her mental health issues, we learn about the loss of her brother Graham. It's no wonder why she went off to Dubai. Evie returns to England on the first plane home and helps her Mum deal with her Dads funeral and personal affairs.
Little does she realise that she has just opened a HUGE can of worms I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it kept my attention the whole way through. You take on Evies character and want everything to turn out good for her. The secrets the family have are life changing and you live each one with her. The storyline is well thought out and will keep you enthralled right until the end.
I highly recommend this book and will read anything else the author publishes as I like her style. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Annabel Kantaria. Annabel Kantaria. She lives in Dubai with her husband and two children.
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