My request was quickly granted and the book delivered to my generic e-reader ; I was going to save it for the plane, but thought I'd have a quick sneaky look at the first few pages. We hope you glad to visit our website. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Why does no-one want to talk about her? A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. She then finds out a man was seriously injured in a hit and run and put two and two together and came up with 35. I didn't care about the Aunt's story. Whilst travelling down a country dark lane on her way to her aunts house for the first time since she had died she thuds into something. Ellie has just inherited a house from her late Aunt May in Southwold.
I didn't see it coming at all, and I was hooked right from the get-go. While Ellie is listening to the radio in the cottage she braces herself as she hears of a hit and run on the very road she used to get to the cottage. But as soon as her car took that bump, I knew it was all over. That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. What follows as the pair embark on a weird relationship, as they learn to get to know each other, as Ellie wants to correct her wrongs.
A trick of the mind leads you down one road, but lets you see the others, it could be one thing, it could be another - its hard to describe without putting too many spoilers, i just want the world to read it, i adored girl on the train but this is a step up from that. I won't say what happens but tension builds up where I was holding my breath. Her reaction to the accident also implausible and impossible. When she feels her car bump something she thinks it is just a tree branch, until local news reports that a hit and run accident on that same stretch of the road has left someone seriously injured. It's almost like a side-story within the novel itself, revolving around Aunty May and her very goose-bump worthy history.
Ellie is an anxious person, she's obsessive and compulsive, she does things like looking over her shoulder three times, taps three times on a gatepost, in her mind these will keep people safe. He was a well written character that I felt stole the show in this novel a bit. The life she's always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. I loved the atmosphere which Hancock created, a perturbing world where delusion lurks in every mind, and something disturbing is always round the corner. From that moment on, Ellie's compulsive ways swiftly returned and she was right back at square one.
Ellie is unsure what she hit and when she hears there is a man in hospital, the victim of a hit and run she is riddled with guilt thinking that she put him there, it's not clear to us as the reader either what she hit, we also know she hit something and there are indication it could have been a person. However, later, she hears about a hit and run on the same road she was driving along. Another day in your normal life. While Ellie is listening to the radio in the cottage she braces herself as she hears of a hit and run on the very road she used to get to the cottage. What more could you possibly want in a book? A real page turner with flawed characters in a flawless story.
The author throws so much suspicion in the mix that it bounces off nearly every character. Would it have been easier to tell the truth from the start? It passed a few hours but in the end it was all a bit daft. In a Trick of the mind we meet Ellie as she is driving to the cottage she has inherited from her recently deceased Aunt, momentarily distracted whilst driving she bumps a tree branch, it's only upon her arrival at the cottage, when she hears on the news about a hit and run accident on the very stretch of road she has just driven, that she starts to believe it could have been her that caused the accident, knocked somone over in fact and things seem to begin to point the finger at this having been the case her wing mirror is smashed, she distinctly remembers a thud, a tree branch in the road - or was it? The story line kept my mind engaged during the reading. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? The life she's always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. Tell me what you work out before the ending okay? I was interested in the concept but from the beginning it was full of holes.
It left me wondering, thinking, keenly wanting to figure out where Penny was going to take Ellie and whether she'd still be in one piece by the time the novel came to an end. Have you committed When do secrets and lies become damaging? I genuinely found the plot twists unexpected and thrilling. How did Ellie not realise that the stump was not newly acquired especially with all the licking of it she was doing! Like Penny Hancocks earlier novel, Tideline, the author draws on her own obvious connection with the river and her own experiences in life, working as a teacher to name just one, to ensure the settings and characters are strong and believeable. Penny has also written readers for English language learners for Cambridge University Press, and a Primary English course for children published by Longmans. He assumes the notes are coming from Orla, yet Orla knows nothing of these letters. Ellie's life begins to spiral rapidly out of control.
His character was predictable and implausible. She is an artist and part-time teacher and has recently ended her relationship with her partner, Finn so has that sense of a new life ahead of her, the new ownership of her Aunt's house, left to her and a sense of freedom from constraints. This one's about Ellie, a woman in her mid-twenties who just broke up with her boyfriend of five years and is ready to make a new life - working on her art career, and moving into her deceased aunt's house; the aunt committed suicide and left the house to Ellie in her will. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. There are twists in this book, however I felt they were a bit predictable and I had guessed the end scenario before half way through the book. After several years in London, Penny Hancock now lives in Cambridge with her husband and three children. I shall look forward to hearing more of her work.
I loved it' S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep on Tideline Have you committed a crime. If you haven't read any of Penny Hancock's books or if you have and you enjoy psychological suspense novels I would give this a try. Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she's newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. One night, Ellie is driving to her new home when she feels a scrape or bump against the car. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Thinking it was just a branch Ellie continues her journey without another thought.