Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner #review

Greenwich Park book cover

Title: Greenwich Park
Author: Katherine Faulkner
Publisher: Bloomsbury

My review:

Helen has it all…

Daniel is the perfect husband.
Rory is the perfect brother.
Serena is the perfect sister-in-law.

And Rachel? Rachel is the perfect nightmare.

When Helen, finally pregnant after years of tragedy, attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving architect husband to arrive soon after, along with her confident, charming brother Rory and his pregnant wife, the effortlessly beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel.

Extroverted, brash, unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who just wants to get know Helen and her friends and her family. Who just wants to know everything about them. Every little secret…

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My review:

Greenwich Park is an entertaining thriller that manages to be addictive and fun to read whilst also keeping the reader on a knife-edge – I didn’t want to put it down!

A slightly strange woman, Rachel, befriends main character Helen at an antenatal class, and effectively worms herself into Helen’s life -and those of the people around her. But is Rachel who she claims to be? You guessed it: no!

Don’t worry, none of this is any form of spoiler – it’s clear early on that something strange is going on with Rachel. Helen is a slightly naive character who I felt really sorry for at times, despite wanting her to stand up for herself and have something more about her! In fact, many of the characters in this novel are unlikable and unreliable, but I found that made the story even more intriguing. I suspected everyone!

The plot is easy to follow throughout, with some great twists thrown in. At the end, when we find out what really happened, it’s apparent things are even wilder than we thought. Although you have to suspend your disbelief a little – as is often a given with this genre – it didn’t feel too unbelievable or overdramatic, and I really enjoyed reading every word. As a fan of classic psychological thrillers, this was just up my street and I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it was the author’s debut novel! Katherine Faulkner is definitely one to watch!

Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest review.


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