Welcome to my stop on the blog tour! I’m delighted to share my review of Disturbance today!
Sara is lonely. No one talks to her – not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.
Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.
But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.
A swift glimpse of Sara’s life reveals a woman with a perfect world. She has a loving husband, two wonderful sons, a luxurious home. She is successful, wealthy and very happy. But this is only a pretty picture. On closer inspection, Sara’s life is far from perfect. There are cracks running every which way. Husband Mike is cruel and wicked, cutting her into strips every day. A vicious strand has unfurled inside her husband and now she is wondering if it’s always been there and she just hasn’t seen it. Her eldest son is furious at his father’s treatment, urging her to put a stop to it. Her youngest son struggles with the tension and toxicity in their house, rising to an unbearable level. The very foundations they live on are shaky and soon they might break and Sara and everything she has built will crumple.
When Katie, a young student wanting to earn some extra money, calls round and offers to walk Sara’s dog, Sara is instantly drawn in by her quiet kindness, her calmness and her empathetic ear. With no friends to speak of, only a few disgruntled colleagues, she is blown away by the simple pleasure of talking and existing in someone else’s company. Katie, young and sweet, looks up to Sara, seeks advice on relationships, work and life. As the two women grow close, Katie finally sees the vicious side of Mike, how his narcissist traits are affecting Sara. But can she help? And should she?
When a tragedy befalls the family, lies and betrayals are swiftly revealed. Both new and old. I had my suspicious about all the characters from the beginning but it was at this point, I felt something really brewing. Who could be trusted? Anyone? No one? I felt that there was more to both Katie and Sara, I was only being offered a small glimpse of their personalities.
Disturbance is a wonderful novel. In the beginning it is such an intriguing, gripping read and towards the end it seems to shift, becomes a deliciously dark book about family and relationships brimming with emotion and tension. The author’s writing is brilliant. I felt as if I was in the room with the characters, listening to the nosy neighbours in the stifling community, sitting with Sara and Katie as they confessed all their secrets. Fabulous!
Dark. Tense. Emotional.
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About the Author
Marianne Kavanagh is an author and journalist. She has worked for Woman, the Tatler, the Telegraph and British Marie Claire, and has contributed features to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites. She lives in London.
Marianne’s first two novels have been translated into eight languages. Her third and fourth novels are published by Hodder & Stoughton – SHOULD YOU ASK ME is out now (hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) and DISTURBANCE will be published in March 2019.
Read more about Marianne at http://www.mariannekavanagh.com, or follow her @MarianneKav.
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