Elise Rose lives with her mother and one night whilst sitting on her bed reading, she hears raised voices. These noises pull her out of her room and so she witnesses a horrific and violent altercation between her mum and a drunk man.
Move forward and after a period away, Elise is now living with her grandad, while helping run his shop. You get the impression that Elise is very uncomfortable with her life and where she lives, and because of this she stumbles across a house in Darcy Lane. She spends many hours thinking about the house, drawing pictures and dreaming of all the improvements she would make if the house was hers.
Back in real life, Elise meets someone who has ties to the past and soon becomes entangled in his life. He gives her the means by which to improve her standing and fulfil her dreams. However, he is not all that he seems, and Elise learns this in a horrific manner. Life turns full circle for Elise, but by the end of the book you feel that she is now settled and is hopeful for her future.
This is not the usual sort of book that I would read. However, I really enjoyed it and it gave me a few things to think about, even after I had read the final page.
Gail Phillips, A LoveReading Ambassador
As she sat in her bed reading from a book, seven-year-old Elise Rose was unaware that her childhood would be over by morning. She was too young to know that violent hands played cruel tricks or that innocence held little fight against cheap beer and cigarette butts. After the trauma of childhood, Elise, now twenty years old, walks the streets in need of escape. The town around her has become stained and the ghost of a loved one will not let her rest. So, when she stumbles across an isolated house at the end of Darcy Lane, she believes that she has found the thing that she needs more than any other. The house is away from town, surrounded by green fields and absent of the memories that she would rather forget. The house is bright in the morning sun and soon becomes lodged in her imagination. So, the question is set. How far is she willing to go in search of absolution?
|Publication date:||30th October 2020|
|Author:||James T. Graham|
|Publisher:||Austin Macauley Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Literary Fiction|
Closing date: 30/05/2022