“Suki Piper is a stranger in her hometown. . . .
After ten years in New Zealand, Suki returns to London, to a city that won’t let her in. However, a chance visit with Peggy—an old family friend who still lives in the building where she grew up—convinces Suki that there is a way to reconnect with the life she left behind a decade earlier. But the more involved she becomes with Peggy’s dysfunctional family, including Peggy’s wayward sixteen-year-old grandson, the more Suki finds herself mysteriously slipping back in time—to the night of a party her parents threw in their garden more than twenty years ago, when something happened in an old, long-unused air-raid shelter. . . .”
Sometimes contemporary fiction can run a bit dry…or at least predictable in it’s plot and characters. However The Girl Below is anything but your average contemporary novel as it winds serpentine like through the present, past and even at times…the paranormal. Following a disheveled and down on her luck Suki as she returns to a city she once knew as home, readers will find themselves within an unpredictable world where reality at times-especially that of the past becomes not only questionable but un-trustable even.
It’s a book that transcends time and the real world while still managing to remain in reality enough to be considered realistic fiction. Unexplainably eerie at times and full of quirky little asides…it’s definitively different from most. Full of childhood recollections, odd characters and an un-assuming leading lady, the book is if anything a mystery within a mystery at times.
All in all it’s a pleasant surprise and a book that will leave you guessing…even perhaps at the very end. If you’re looking for a taste of something different in the vast word of new releases…take a chance on The Girl Below and see where it and your mind will take you. It’s a great one for discussion since it seems to affect different people in vastly different ways. Everyone seems to pull away with something different in the end which can be fascinating when readers compare.
So make sure to check out the tour schedule for The Girl Below here and see what everyone thought. If you read the book I would also love to know your opinion as well. Comments are always welcome and cherished.