I really enjoyed this book. I found it an entertaining read that I think would appeal to fans of all things gothic, and anyone wanting to while away a few hours reading something dark and mysterious.
‘Love Lies Bleeding’ by Gillian Galbraith has an unsettling atmosphere right from the start. You begin to read this short story expecting a revelation as our narrator, former Judge Lord Hand, reflects on the relationship with the almost too good to be true Laura. We see the cautious approach of his carers and the author does a brilliant job of sowing the seeds that not everything in this narrative is going to be straight forward, but leaves you wondering what exactly the pivot is and when it will arrive. This felt to me to be a classic gothic tale, a narrative intentionally built on unsteady foundations, creating an underlying tension and a sudden shift of understanding at the point where Laura’s secret is revealed and everything drops into place. I thought that ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ was a very well-written and constructed story, with a lot of detail packed into its 100 or so pages. There’s a timeless nature to the plot that leads me to be uncertain as to when it is set and makes me feel like it fits in well alongside the shorter classic Gothic tales I’ve read in the past. I really enjoyed this book. I found it an entertaining read that I think would appeal to fans of all things gothic, and anyone wanting to while away a few hours reading something dark and mysterious.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
‘She neither sounded, nor looked, like a mad woman. I felt a slight chill, a sense of confusion, of unreality. The ground beneath me seemed no longer solid. It was developing fine, hairline cracks, fracturing below my feet, and I did not want to fall into an abyss with her, disappear into a folie à deux, hurtle together into a black hole.’ In this unusual love story, set in Edinburgh, we are introduced to Laura, a beautiful woman, and the middle-aged Judge who falls for her and finds his life transformed beyond recognition by his love for her. At the very moment when he believes he could not be happier, he discovers something about Laura that frightens him and makes him doubt that he ever really knew her. But it is too late. He knows he cannot live without her.
|Publication date:||25th October 2021|
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
Gillian Galbraith grew up near Haddington. For seventeen years, she was an advocate specialising in medical negligence and agricultural law cases. Since then, she has been the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer and has written law reports for The Times. She lives deep in the country near Kinross with her husband and daughter, plus assorted cats, dogs, hens and bees. Below is a Q&A with this author What was the best thing about being an advocate?It’s a very stimulating job – you have to quickly come to grips with the facts and put ...More About Gillian Galbraith