Eloise by Judy Finnigan

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This debut novel is a very readable and, at times, a moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship.


Compulsively-readable and haunting, this is the debut novel from Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan. Now includes an exclusive extract from Judy's new novel, I Do Not Sleep.

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?

After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.

With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.

Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explore Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.


About Judy Finnigan

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Judy Finnigan is an author, television presenter and columnist. In 2004, Judy's name became synonymous with discovering and sharing great fiction, through the Richard and Judy Book Club, where authors including Kate Mosse, Rosamund Lupton and Victoria Hislop were championed and brought to the attention of millions of readers. This is her first novel.
Published January 1, 2012 by Liitle, Brown Book Group (Digital). 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Tina Moran on Oct 12 2012

Her debut novel does not disappoint and she makes good use of the Cornish landscape and its spooky folklore. The endless rows between Cathy and Chris, however, could have been cut back...But overall an entertaining, easy read.

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on Oct 07 2012

This debut novel is a very readable and, at times, a moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship.

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Reading in the Sunshine

Reviewed by Megan on Oct 10 2012

Judy Finnigan has managed to bring to life a fantastic blend of characters, which although very different in their viewpoints and personalities, come together to create a strong story.

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Below average
Reviewed by Bookboodle on Mar 26 2013

Don’t think I’ll be queuing up for book 2 but will probably pass this on to a friend for a beach/holiday read – one to leave behind once read though. Overall an easy read.

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Dublin Duchess

Reviewed by Dublin Duchess on Apr 08 2013

With touches of du Maurier’s Rebecca, Judy Finnigan certainly has the ability to tell a mysterious, ghostly story with a satisfying number of surprises and a good revelation towards the end.

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Reviewed by Lisa Brampton on Oct 10 2012

I would recommend this book to other people; it was easy to read, no complicated plots and not too many characters that you couldn’t keep track of them.

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