Everyone has a different reason for picking up a particular novel to read. For some, it’s the cover, for others, it’s on recommendation. For me, and I’m sure for many other readers, it’s the blurb that draws me in. It was the blurb for The Island Affair, by Helena Halme, that made me accept the kind invitation to be on the blog your for this novel.
Here it is:
Can one summer mend a broken heart?
After the tragic loss of their 17-year-old son, journalist Alicia and surgeon Liam struggle to keep their marriage afloat. During their usual holiday to Åland, the Nordic islands where Alicia grew up, the rift between the couple deepens.
Enter tall, blonde Patrick, with the most piercing blue eyes Alicia has ever seen. When Patrick confides in Alicia about the near loss of his daughter and the breakdown of his marriage, Alicia is surprised to feel an affinity with the Swedish reporter. He’s the only person who understands Alicia.
But secrets held by people close to Alicia give her life another surprising turn and she finds there is a reason to live – and love – again.
I may have been drawn in by the blurb, but it was undoubtedly the characterisation and the pace of the plot that made me read this book in a very short space of time. With the beautifully depicted Nordic scenery and the intensely emotional narrative, this book provides everything that is promised by the blurb.
There are a few twist and turns along the way, and a few unanswered questions that are left to the imagination of the reader to decide on the outcome. Alicia is a character that the reader automatically feels sympathy for and doesn’t feel the need to judge her for her actions, even when they may be a little misguided.
Halme cleverly takes the reader down a variety of potential plot twists to keep the reader gripped and the eventual outcome is well set up.
I enjoyed this book immensely and I wouldn’t hesitate to read other books by Helena Halme.