Sunday 29 December 2019

The Move by Felicity Everett Blog Tour

From the author of The People at Number 9, comes a new tale, one of neighbours who may be more likely to be found in your nightmares rather than your dreams ...


Karen has packed up her life and is making The Move. She’s on her way to the idyllic country cottage which her husband has painstakingly renovated for her. They’re escaping the London bustle and the daily grind. And they’re escaping their past.

A fresh start in a beautiful, peaceful village. It will be different here, right?

But something is awry. The landscape, breathtaking by day, is eerie by night. The longed-for peace and solitude is stifling.  And the house, so artfully put together by her husband, has a strange vibe. Now that Karen is cut off from her old friends and family, she can’t help wondering if her husband has plans of his own, and that history might be repeating itself.

Can you paint over the cracks in your marriage?

I was beyond excited when I was asked if I'd like to join the blog tour for Felicity Everett's latest novel, The Move. I'll admit I've never read one of her stories before but I had heard fantastic things about her previous works.

This novel concentrates on one character, Karen.

You get the sense early on that she is a little off kilter, a shell of her former self. What we don't yet know are the circumstances that have led her to become a less confident version of herself.

The husband

Felicity eludes to the idea that Karen's husband isn't the decent guy that he portrays himself to be.

I became suspicious of his motives very early on.

Did he cheat on his wife?

Perhaps beat her?

The phrase don't judge a book by it's cover comes to mind when reading this book because I felt as though I really shouldn't be taking things at face value.

Village life

Karen and her husband have recently moved to what appears to be a beautiful, secluded village. A place for a fresh start, to blow away the cob webs of recent events, a way to start again I guess you would say.

But just like Karen's husband, there's something just not quite right with some of the villagers. 

I couldn't quite put my finger on it but the author does a fantastic job of building thoughts of suspicion and a whole lot of tension to go with it.

I became immersed in what Karen was thinking and feeling. You can understand where some of her darker thoughts come from.

Not everything is as it seems.

Even before I started reading the book, I was anticipating a thriller that would keep me on the edge of my seat.

The Move is what I'd call a slow burning tale.

Deadly, detailed descriptions add multitudes of tension and mysterious events leave you baffled as to what's really occurring. As I turned the pages I was becoming increasingly intrigued as to where the story was leading.

However . . .

That ending

After all of the build up, I have to be honest that I found the end a bit meh.

I was left feeling a little deflated as it came across as rushed after all of the work that you could see had gone into the rest of the novel.

For me the story was a good one, just not a great one. I would have liked a more explosive finish to the book but I think you need to read it for yourself to draw your own conclusions.

Follow the rest of the blog tour below for more reviews, thoughts and extracts:



  1. It sounds like I should give this one a miss! I've read quite a lot of books like this and they are enjoyable reads, but not brilliant, so if you say the ending is disappointing, I don't think I will bother to read it.

  2. I certainly like the sound of this book. Shame that the ending let it down for you


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