Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Elephant Girl by Henriette Gyland

  • Received for review
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (7 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178189020X
Peek-a-boo I see you…
When five-year-old Helen Stephens witnesses her mother’s murder, her whole world comes crumbling down. Rejected by her extended family, Helen is handed over to child services and learns to trust no-one but herself. Twenty years later, her mother’s killer is let out of jail, and Helen swears vengeance.

Jason Moody runs a halfway house, desperate to distance himself from his father’s gangster dealings. But when Helen shows up on his doorstep, he decides to dig into her past, and risks upsetting some very dangerous people.

As Helen begins to question what really happened to her mother, Jason is determined to protect her. But Helen is getting too close to someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden …

Cover:  I really like the beautiful orange colours on this one, and the relevance of the elephant pendant.

I really enjoyed this romantic thriller/mystery.
I don't want to say too much about the plot because it may spoil it, and obviously half the fun is uncovering the mystery.
But I loved the pacing.  I was hooked from the very beginning and I wanted to learn who killer her mother along with Helen.  I had plenty of suspicions but was kept guessing.
Helen was such an interesting character.  When she was five her mother forgot to give her her epilepsy medication, resulting in a fit, as her mother is murdered.
The family secrets and drama were fascinating, and just as you think there can't possibly be anymore secrets...bam! There are.
I liked that Helen's feelings came across as very realistic.  There are times where she's so angry she plans to kill the person accused of her mother's murder.
The cast of supporting characters were equally interesting.  The halfway house with ex prisoners- the adorable, shy Lee, the force of nature Charlie, and the sweet old lady Fay that went to prison for Helen's mother's murder.
The romance aspect was perfectly done.  I really rooted for Helen and Jason.
I enjoyed this much more than Up Close.
4.5/5 stars!

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