The Mountain In My Shoe (Louise Beech) | BLOG TOUR

The Mountain in my Shoe cover.jpgA missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself. On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all. Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

I believe everyone who read Louise Beech’s debut: How To Be Brave agreed that it would be extremely hard to top it. And yet, The Mountain In My Shoe is a truly wonderful book that is just as good as its predecessor, maybe even better. They are completely different when it comes to plot, but they both share many traits, like narrating touching stories and focusing on children.

As some of you know, I wasn’t feeling very well this past week because of a terrible cold, so I really wanted a book that made me forget about all that. That book turned out to be: The Mountain In My Shoe and I couldn’t have chosen a better medicine.

This book is about Bernadette, a young woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who happens to befriend Conor, a 10-year-old who has spent all his life in foster care. When I read the blurb, I didn’t understand how a grown woman could be such good friends with a kid, but the book explains it perfectly and it’s all part of a beautiful initiative. The same night Bernadette’s husband doesn’t come home, Conor also disappears. What happened to Richard and where did Connor go? Can Bernadette save his young friend before it’s too late?

My favorie part of The Mountain In My Shoe (and there were many) was the use of the different perspectives. And while Bernadette and Conor were truly amazing characters and I loved reading about them, the best POV in this novel was undoubtedly THE BOOK. I don’t want to say much so as not to spoil anything, but I absolutely adored reading each entry in the journal and getting to know Connor better. It was sad and tragic, sometimes hopeful, but always captivating.

Louise Beech has the ability to make you care about characters you’ve only known for a few pages, or even paragraphs. I loved the cab driver and also Mark, even though they didn’t play a big part in the story. How is that possible? Well, it takes a truly gifted writer to be able to achieve that.

As I stated in my review, the only thing I didn’t like (or at least, I liked less) about How To Be Brave is that I felt it wrapped its ending way too soon. That didn’t happen in The Mountain in My Shoe, as I believed it had a fantastic conclusion. However, I do have to say that I found the “mystery” a bit predictable, even though this might have been on purpose. I guess I wanted a surprising twist (as usual, I know, I can’t help it). Anyway, the “mystery” got revealed way before I expected, something which I appreciated and allowed the story to concentrate on finding the whole truth.

Don’t miss this book if you want to read an emotional psychological novel and an unforgettable story about friendship and family. Can’t wait for the next one, Louise!

Orenda Books, 2016

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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show. The Mountain in My Shoe was longlisted for the 2016 Not the Booker Prize.



21 thoughts on “The Mountain In My Shoe (Louise Beech) | BLOG TOUR

  1. Anne says:

    I believe there was hardly someone out there last week who wasn’t hit with the cold/flu :/. Hope you’re feeling a lot better now (partly due to this book as well). This sounds like yet another fantastic read :D. Loved your review!


  2. Donna says:

    I received this book this weekend and I just can’t wait to read it. There’s something about the title, the blurb. I don’t know, I’m so curious about the story. I’m happy you enjoyed it! Juggling with POVs can be tricky but it sounds as if the author managed it quite well!


    • Annie says:

      Didn’t get the notification 😦

      I think you’ll love this, it’s a powerful story and it’s one of those that falls within many genres 😀 POVs were great!


  3. Diana says:

    I like a good twist too but I am glad that this worked out well even without that.Great review.

    PS: Sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I hope that you are feeling better now. Quick recovery.


    • Annie says:

      🙂 Thank you D! I’m much better now (my boyfriend is now the one who’s sick haha) This was an amazing read, I’d recommend it to everyone!


  4. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I hope you’re feeling better. Fall colds are the worst. I haven’t read either of these Louise Beech books. Looks like my TBR list is growing, again!


  5. Lectito says:

    *Immediately adds to reading wish list* I haven’t read How to be Brave yet, either, but it’s been on my radar for a while. This just sounds fabulous! Also, hope you’re feeling much better! I’ve been in bed this past week with the flu, so I totally feel you. Being sick is the pits. (But it does give you lots of reading time!)

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