The Shadow Year
On a sultry summer's day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her housemates, it offers an escape, a chance to drop out for a while. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor... show more
On a sultry summer's day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her housemates, it offers an escape, a chance to drop out for a while. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again. Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house. Little by little she wonders about the previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? And why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? Most disturbing of all, why can't she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her? The Shadow Year is a mesmerising story of tragedy, lies and betrayal.
Publish date: June 20th 2013
Publisher: Orion Publishing
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
DNF after around 265 pages. This is a book that I should have quite right from the beginning. I just couldn't get into the story. But, I was tenacious and decided that I would not quite. But, then I started to really loathe Kate and not even Lila's storyline worked for me in the end. This book was j...
In 1980, five friends about to graduate from college decide to get away together one last time. However, when it comes time to return from the idyllic college they visit, none of them are ready to go. They eventually come up with a plan to try roughing it off the grid at the cottage for the next yea...
The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell is our book for the month of May at Shereads.org. The story follows a group of college students who want to escape the realities of adulthood for just a bit longer and also a woman who is struggling to regain her strength after a loss. The past and present are eve...
With so much of the narrative occurring in a remote northern area of the United Kingdom, the challenge for Ms. Richell comes in providing detailed descriptions of the setting without getting bogged down into minute details or without distracting from the main drama. To say she succeeds in this balan...
First of all thank you kindly to Hannah Richell and Orion for arranging a review copy of this book when I added it to my wishlist. I was very grateful as it had really caught my eye. And rightly so it turns out... 1980. Five friends, not quite ready to embark on life in the fast lane having finished...