The Primrose Path (Rebecca Griffiths)

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Rebecca Griffiths
Sphere
2016
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Haunted by her past. In danger from her present. Isolated, alone, vulnerable. Sometimes the danger is closer than you think. As a teenager, Sarah D’Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days. The case became notorious, with Sarah’s face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country. Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she’s gone. Settling into the small community she is now part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her. Someone who seems to know everything about her …

The Primrose Path is a creepy and twisty novel set in a “lovely” Welsh town. Why is it that everyone who needs to leave something behind ends up moving there? 😁 Haven’t been, but it seems so idyllic!

After an amazing and rather disturbing prologue, I have to admit that I struggled with this book for a bit, as I couldn’t connect with the characters and thought it moved rather slowly for the first chapters. However, the plot was intriguing and I really wanted to know what would happen!

Rachel (previously, Sarah D’Villez) is a thirty-something woman who decides to escape from London when the man who abducted her seventeen years ago is about to go free. She doesn’t want him to find her, but can she ever be safe? Rachel moves to Wales and starts making lovely friends. She even meets a fantastic guy, but she still feels like someone is watching her…

The book is narrated from various perspectives: Rachel, her mother, a mysterious housekeeper, Rachel’s new and creepy neighbor, another neighbor named Dai and finally, a dangerous serial killer. Of course, as the book progresses, secrets are gradually revealed by each one of the main narrators.

I would’ve liked to connect more with the characters and their lives, but I still feel this was definitely worth reading. Besides, the ending was great! And no, it didn’t take me by surprise, but I really liked how it all tied up. Plus, there was a small revelation that I didn’t see coming and loved very very much, made me go all: WOW! Smart move 😉

The Primrose Path is an eerie and atmospheric novel with a wonderful setting and a cleverly-plotted storyline. Liked this one a lot, but I wish I’d loved it more.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

10 thoughts on “The Primrose Path (Rebecca Griffiths)

  1. I love books that manage to surprise us, they are the best 🙂 I had this one on my radar, but it got lost in the endless Amazon wish list I create! I really like the premise, and creepy is usually good, so I’ll do my best to not forget this title again!

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  2. This is a book I’d want to read, just because I always wonder how those girls that have been abducted, rescued and plastered over the internet manage to carry on normally afterwards.. This is such an interesting premise 🙂

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