Release Date-March 19th 2020 Genre-Psychological Thriller Publisher-Hodder & Stoughton
Kindle Edition-352 Pages
A stunning new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie.
Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.
Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.
As Amy and Freya’s story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town’s dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.
In The Clearing by J.P. Pomare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was largely bored by this and though the finish did slightly step up things it wasn’t enough to rescue this for me. I just wasn’t connecting and found the first half of this very slow going indeed. Essentially this is a psychological thriller told from two views points a young girl called Amy who is a member of a cult and Freya a single parent living remotely with her young son Billy.
It flits from each individuals perspective until both story arcs converge to make more sense.
It’s apparent that Freya has things in her past that have massively affected her current headspace. She has not had things easy and all she wants now is to protect and shelter her young son. Then there’s young Amy and her everyday experiences living her life as part of this cult. Both on separate pathways but also part of the same story.
But when the past rears its head things start to spiral for Freya and when Billy goes missing and with all the evidence pointing towards her guilt she has to take it upon herself to save her son from the sins of her past.
So I found this quite predictable and quite plodding and the last third really was the best part of this, unfortunately, it was too little too late for me and wasn’t enough to save things. I saw the twists coming a mile off they were that obvious and I also found the finish with this one quite jarring and abrupt. It was well written it just failed to capture my attention or invest me in any way in the unfolding story essentially I was bored and felt disconnected from it all.
I also wasn’t emotionally impacted despite the heavy storyline here.
I have read and enjoyed this author before so will certainly try another of there books but this one wasn’t to my taste at all.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of in the clearing.
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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