Valentina

Valentina When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness But with Mikey w

  • Title: Valentina
  • Author: S.E. Lynes
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  • Page: 132
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  • When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchantinWhen Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend or does she As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S E Lynes.

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    1. After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a producer at the BBC before moving with her husband, Paul, and two young children to Rome In Rome, she began to write while her children attended nursery After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children She lives in Teddington Her debut novel, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird July 1st 2016 VALENTINA is a psychological thriller set in Aberdeenshire MOTHER was published by Bookouture in November 2017 and her third novel, THE PACT is out 27th February 2018.

    2. I received a copy of Valentina by S.E. Lynes through Blackbird Books for an honest review. Thank you to Blackbird and to Ms. Lynes for the opportunity."What makes you safe, ultimately limits you"And there are no limitations in this psychological thriller by S.E. Lynes. I am finally coming up for air between bouts of hyperventilating. Shona McGilvery is a local journalist who deals with just the facts and wears sensible shoes while pursuing a lead story. Her footsteps, aimed with pleasure this ti [...]

    3. *Thank you to Blackbird Digital Books and S. E. Lynes for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*I sort of knew which way this story was headed pretty early on really, but did it spoil my enjoyment of it? Not in the least! It was a joy to see how the author revealed the journey and the many dizzying paths she took us down, towards it's gripping conclusion.Shona is a no-nonsense Glasgow girl (Govan to be exact), and when she, and her partner Mikey and their new baby Isla, move to a rural [...]

    4. I received an eARC of Valentina: a hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller by S.E. Lynes from Blackbird Digital books for free in exchange for an honest review.I have had a hard time deciding how I feel about this book, but if characters disturb me or the story sticks in my head then I give it a good rating because the writer has me thinking about the story long after I'm done. S.E. Lynes has written a story that builds in tension throughout towards an intriguing, but predictable ending. T [...]

    5. What an unexpected surprise this book turned out to be.I wasn't expecting it to enthrall me in the degree it did.Psychopathic manipulationWOWShona now has a new baby and her partner Mickey works offshore. Shona is left alone and of course moving into another place, unfamiliar with anyone and no friends or companions she seeks out to find one.Oh she finds one alright.Shona has what everyone wants, a loving partner, baby, nice home, nice life, new friend.Is this going to work out for her?This is a [...]

    6. Wow what an unexpected twist and surprise to this dark thriller. Top 10 for my 2016 novels!!! In all honesty, I am REALLY surprised that this novel has not gotten more hype. I'm wondering why my friends haven't read this! This is a debut novel so I'm assuming that not many people are familiar with S.E Lynes but people start reading her novels!! :) I really did not see this coming S.E Lynes did an amazing job with portraying Shona, Mikey , and Valentina. Man What can I say? I don't want to go in [...]

    7. (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Blackbird Digital Books.)This was an adult suspense story, featuring a woman, her partner, and her best friend.Shona was an okay character, and it was clear that she had no idea what was going on behind her back. She obviously loved her daughter and her partner Mikey, and it was sad that she was kept in the dark.The storyline in this was about Shona and Mikey moving into a new cottage, and Shona being l [...]

    8. I would like to thank the author and Blackbird Digital Books for offering me an ARC of this book to read and provide an honest, unbiased review. This book will be published on July 1st 2016.Wow! What a debut from S E Lynes! This story had me gripped from the outset. The characters were credible and stirred changing emotions in me as the story unfolded. Questions and doubts were seeds sown in my mind, as the three main characters' relationships were explored. How do we know who we can trust? What [...]

    9. This is the story of Shona, a mid-twenties journalist who has to move to the isolated countryside of Aberdeenshire, Scotland for her husband, Mikey's, job. When Shona and baby Isla arrive in Aberdeenshire, she realizes that with her husband's schedule she and baby will have to spend a significant amount of time alone in this idyllic cottage in rural Scotland. The thought of being alone and isolated in her new home makes Shona apprehensive. Melancholic and in dire need of adult social interaction [...]

    10. Great read! Shona and Mikey move with their baby to rural Scotland. Shona seems to have it all, she is madly in love with her husband and child, lives in a beautiful cottage but the only problem is that for 2 weeks of each month Mikey works offshore. Shona becomes very lonely with only looking after the baby to entertain her and is struggling on her own with no other company. Enter Valentina and Shona now has a new friend, a friend that also has a child the same age as Shona's so they begin to s [...]

    11. Shona McGilvery is a woman living in a fairy tale. She is totally in love with her partner, Mikey, and their baby daughter. She lives in a beautiful little cottage. The only drawback is that Mikey works on an oil rig. he’s out on the water 2 weeks of every month, leaving Shona alone with her daughter in a place where she knows no one.She hadn’t counted on the loneliness and is excited when she makes her first friend, Valentina. Valentina is married and has a little boy the same age as Shona [...]

    12. When working class girl Shona leaves behind a career as a journalist and the comfort and security of a close family unit it is with the intention of making a new life, together with partner Mikey and four month old daughter Isla. Mikey works in oil and Shona always knew that a career with prospects meant Aberdeen and a frighteningly remote lifestyle. After all, a journalist can work anywhere and how bad can living in a cottage straight out of fairy tale be, especially when you can make new frien [...]

    13. Shona just wants to live happily ever after. So when she gives up her career as a journalist in Glasgow to move with her partner, Mikey and their new baby to the perfect cottage in the Aberdeenshire countryside, it looks as though all her wishes are coming true. Mikey has to take a job offshore, and Shona finds herself isolated in the cottage in the woods. But still blissed out with happiness and her new baby she is determined not to let the isolation beat her. She goes in search of friendship a [...]

    14. Valentina by S. E. Lynes will be released on 1st July 2016. Thank you to Blackbird Digital Books for my copy of this book.This book is about Shona and her life now that she has moved to a remote part of the countryside in Aberdeen. Her 'life partner' Mickey has a job that means he is away from home two weeks a month. I like that S. E. Lynes's writing is so atmospheric that Shona's loneliness practically screamed off the page. She builds tension right the way through the book, even when you have [...]

    15. The excitement around this book is contagious, seriously I can not recommend it enough. I have just lived with Shona McGilvery through a whole year of her life and I am exhausted, hurt, deceived, betrayed and finally broken but rise with strength and courage and satisfaction.From the end of the very first sentence I was entranced, S E Lynes had woven her spell and pulled me deep into her words with no way of escape and for that I was eternally grateful because this book won my heart and will cer [...]

    16. Shona and Mikey and their baby move to an idyllic cottage in Aberdeenshire so that Mikey can come home and its closer to the shore. Shona is oh so lonely and not so much the confident girl she was back home. She found a friend who was down to earth and though was just like her.Valentina what a wierdo! OK this book was tense right the way through, quite early on you get a 'feeling' that there is something isn't quite right .When I say tense its a long build up, it starts with "why would she do th [...]

    17. " you never know anyone as well as you think, do you?"When Shona McGilvery, her partner Mikey and their baby girl Isla settle in their new home - a fairy tale cottage in the woods, they're excited, happy and in love. The only thing marring this happiness is Mikey's job. Mikey works offshore on an oil rig, which means he will have to be away on two-whole-week shifts every four, leaving Shona alone in the cottage in the woods.Away from humanity, Shona feels lonely and bored and starts to venture o [...]

    18. Valentina follows Shona, Mikey and baby Isla as they move to the Aberdeenshire countryside to be closer to Mikey’s work on the offshore oil rigs. Crippled with loneliness while Mikey is away, Shona tries to make friends in the area.Enter Valentina.Enigmatic, mysterious and wild, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and Shona become fast friends, and then the story really begins.I don’t want to go into the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. Sufficed to say, Valentina is a t [...]

    19. 4.5 starsI was pleasantly surprised, not being such a big fan of psychological thrillers. The story was very well told and also very plausible. I liked the way it was built up.

    20. "Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys." - Peter PanAs a kid my parents always taught me to write thank you letters to show my appreciation for gifts received on Christmas, birthdays, etc. Most of the time I begrudgingly wrote a note that was mildly put, half a**ed. However, my thank you to Blackbird Digital Books for allowing me the chance to read this is written with my most sincere appreciation. First and foremost, how on earth is this a debut novel? As a lover of psychological thrille [...]

    21. I received an eARC from Blackbird Books in exchange for an honest review.I am not a fan of people.It's not that I don't understand them, or that I can't empathize or sympathize, I just see the things that they do and say and think and I have come to the conclusion that people are bad people. I'm an optimistic girl, I know.So when I began reading Valentina I was intrigued; I knew this was a psychological thriller, I knew these people would be bad people within the context of the story. But I didn [...]

    22. Valentina starts off slow and then the tension builds as Lynes tells the story of how Shona’s fairytale life begins to unravel.I really like psychological thrillers as I like to be drawn into the reality of the characters and their perceptions. Lynes has done a superb job with providing us with the drama, horror, and the mystery of the motives and intentions of the characters involved. Lynes has done that for me in Valentina as she has included all the elements of what I expect in a good psych [...]

    23. When I first heard about this book I was intrigued, it sounded fascinating so I jumped at the chance of a review copy from Blackbird Digital Books.Set in Aberdeenshire, Shona is a new mum settling into a rural setting with her little girl, and trying to adjust to a new way of life while her partner works offshore. She finds she is missing her old life and friends, she craves human interaction beyond the niceties of the woman on the till in the supermarket so when she meets Valentina on the steps [...]

    24. It is really hard to believe that Valentina is the authors debut novel.This is such a cleverly woven story that literally swept me off my feet.This is one of those stories that to start with I thought I totally knew where it was going, so I sat back and settled into it thinking I would enjoy it for what it was.Well I have to say I was well and truly gob smacked when I realised I was totally wrong. My only problem was, even though I loved that it was so different to how I thought it was going to [...]

    25. This book has been on my kindle for several months and despite it being highly recommended on my book club I kept avoiding it and left it at the bottom of my ever growing TBR pile. Silly me!I am taking part in a 20 book reading challenge for 2017 and this book falls under the category of a book with a girls name in the title so I selected Valentina. Clever me!Firstly I can't believe that this a debut novel. Full of tension and that awful feeling of dread and paranoia from page 1. With highly bel [...]

    26. *disdain*The plot moved at a slow pace. I recall almost two chapters being devoted to Valentina and Shona just having "banter" which involved them acting like mentally challenged children and telling really bad one-liners and jokes to each other. That reminds me, there was a heavy use of colloquial dialect in this novel which was overkill. I just don't think that British slang and Scottish gutter talk has any place in literature. Sorry. Any parts of the book that were believable were incredibly [...]

    27. WOW!I finished Valentina late last night. I loved it! I can't believe this is a debut novel. This is going to be a tricky book to review as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, but Shona seemingly has it all. She has a man she loves and who loves her, they have a beautiful baby girl together and their dream cottage in the Aberdeenshire countryside. Yes Shona misses her job and yes she misses Mikey, when he's away for two weeks out of four for his off-shore work, and she feels a bit lonely, [...]

    28. How can you tell what is going on in other people’s relationships? What appears from the outside to be a perfectly suited couple can conceal all manner of power plays; bullying, passive aggression and coercion just a few. And even from within, is it always possible to be sure of our partner’s whereabouts and activities? Women whose partners work away or travel a lot for work; what really goes on? And do we choose not to ask the questions? Preferring instead the state of ignorant bliss?S E Ly [...]

    29. What a first novel!I love a good thriller, I like to be teased and tormented, feel a bit anxious, not want to get on with everyday life, and in all these ways this novel is successful, in fact it is still running through my head a few days after finishing it.What if?How did?Why?The book is really well written, the characters are flawed and believable. Shona and Valentina speak naturally, and so, even if the lonely Shona doesn’t appreciate it, she actually makes an extra friend in the reader. I [...]

    30. When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insaneThat is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?As her fairytale life beg [...]

    31. I started this book when I was on a train journey earlier in the summer months but I quickly realised that I didn't want to dip into it over a few days, catching reading time whenever I could. I had only got to 6% but I had got "the feeling"! Yes THAT feeling-the tingly excitement of discovering a book that you want to hide away with and read in one or two long sittings. So, it came on my summer holiday with me and what a fabulous choice I made as it turned out to be one of my top holiday reads- [...]

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