The River House

The River House➳ [Reading] ➶ The River House By Margaret Leroy ➩ – A gripping novel of literary suspense about a woman forced to reveal a secret that may solve a crime but ruin her life From almost their first meeting Ginnie Holmes is transformed by the passion she f A gripping novel of literary suspense about a woman forced to reveal a secret that may solve a crime but ruin her life From almost their first meeting Ginnie Holmes is transformed The River PDF \ by the passion she feels with Will so much so that she risks her marriage and her children as she abandons herself to their exhilarating affair They meet in an abandoned boathouse certain they will never be discovered there. I loved all of this author's novels This book however I did not love I liked it It was a slow move The second half of the book is way better than the first I do reccommend it If you have never read a book by this author I would not reccommend this being your first book of her's to start with The Solider's Way by far is her best book 3 A great idea for a novel I thought so I listened and listened to what was obviously the setup for the action Just when I nearly gave up things happened so I continued I felt that some of the dialogue was not believable and could have used work but in other places there was some lovely writing and the story did hold my interest So I did finish but this is not one that I will eagerly listen to again Having said that I will still listen to books as they appear from this author as I have a feeling that the writing will get stronger A 46yo woman in a distant marriage drifts into an impulsive illicit affair with a man who is also married This explores the nature of desire and intimacy as these two people seek to keep their affair entirely separate from their regular lives It might have worked if not for something Ginnie witnesses during one of their liaisons She must choose between keeping her affair secret and clearing her conscience about what she's seen which could solve a brutal murder This was slow to get started and at times just a tad overly descriptive The second half picked up uite a lot and I ended up being glad I read it when for a while about a third the way through I was considering not continuing I like the author's style though and it's nice to see a book about somebody my age instead of always people younger I liked the storyline with Ginnie's mother and the secondary characters gave insight into the different kinds of relationships people find themselves in mid life which are somehow at once immovable and fragile Ginnie Holmes is used to dealing with difficult dilemmas her role as a child psychologist means that she works with vulnerable children and when one troubled child brings her into contact with Detective Inspector Will Hampden she is unprepared for the effect that this meeting will have on her lifeThe sexual attraction between Ginnie and Will is instantaneous and powerful their illicit weekly meetings at an old boat house on the river Thames will have disastrous conseuences for them both and eventually forces Ginnie into making a very difficult decisionThis book pulls you in from the very beginning it explores the nuance of infidelity very well and keeps the momentum of the story from start to finishGinnie's relationship with her teenage daughter Amber is particularly well doneI really enjoyed it Disappointing possibly because it wasn't what I thought it was My audiobook app had it classified as suspensethriller which it isn't but I guess it's an okay family story I felt like it had loose ends Several of characters were really annoying The story is lovely realistic and well designed There is a bit much detailing but it works well for this story As people we struggle with many fears one of the greatest being the realization that we will keep aging and that our attempts to slow the process are fruitless That one day time as we know it shall stop we will be dying and we will be unable to change mistakes made in the past just as we are unable to take risks we didn't dare take beforeThe River House uses this sobering thought as it's central theme and does it effectively particularly if you're a woman It accurately portrays the overly common worries of middle aged adults who see that life didn't turn out the way they had wished it would and that dreams don't usually come true in the ways we uite hoped When we're younger we hold on to the things that give us peace and security to make it through the rough times thinking that these very things will be the ones that will enable us to achieve the most and become our bestSadly Ginnie the protagonist is one of those women She's unhappy with her marriage which although a comfortable joining is of a stale friendship stuck in the routine of things completely devoid of passion Her husband is kind considerate and sweetbut also boring lacking in romance and tunes out into a world that has nothing to do with her own They haven't made love in years and attempts at counseling has failed She's followed the trail many do devoting her life to children and a career yet now her eldest daughter is leaving the nest and she feels an empty hole she's not sure what to do withWanting to try yet again she embarks on a journey to rekindle the magic of her marriage feeling that now since they have privacy with the daughter gone things can be less awkward In reality she finds she cannot resurrect something that's not there in the first place Sinking into a depression flavored by her best friend's misery which ironically mirrors her own struggles she slowly allows her to be pulled into passion outside the marriageThe real heart of The River House lays in these internal struggles Ginnie is not the kind of woman who sleeps around and steps out on her husband yet her bitterness and resentment toward life propel her to do something she's always considered morally wrong Her heavy conscience played on me the whole way just as her desperate need to experience passion for the first time didThe pacing is slow but it fits comfortably with the type of book it is I like that it is told through the first person since it strongly enables the reader to sit tightly in the lead's head Her emotions come through easily and the pages are filled with genuine emotion and life Author Leroy writes beautiful words showing off an admirable classy talent having each scene a joy to read simply because it's so expertly put It ends if you haven't already guessed the only way this situation can 'bitterly sweet'For the negative energy in some scenes would have helped If tensionaction had been placed it would have rated higherA near dreamy state with this genre is the right one but too much of it without relief can be a little emotionally cloyingIf I took anything from this book I believe the lesson of it never being easy to tell what's really important and valuable no matter how old you areAs it stands reading this novel will make your head feel dreamy and almost unreal; not an easy feat for any author to pull off A touching story that is both tragic and beautiful in it's own way much like real life It's a good enough read; finished it in one go which places it into the class of books I'll dare to review She has a very riveting style in places The steamy scenes are very effectively done tingly stuff While the parenting style of the main character is hair raising absentee it is very believable; can easily happen to a woman who gives everything to the children that are her patients The author's background in psychology shimmers through strongly I was actually not surprised reading it in her bio after reading the book; the expertise is evident I have respect for authors who draw on their own professional expertise in their books Plot A bit off the wall which is refreshing; sadly towards the end it becomes a bit predictable this and the other following points is where she misses out on full stars let's be fair if there weren't authors like Pratchett and Tolkien on my shelf I'd be wanting to give her 4 stars pity the rating isn't out of 10 because she'd get a 7 from me Characters The main character is very well portrayed I have a personal preferential dislike of first person narrative because many authors lapse into adolescent diaries style writing but she pulls it off well no diary in sight Peripheral characters The mom's decline into dementia follows a classic medical pattern once again well written The sister with her avoidance issues comes through nicely; also how the main character realizes suddenly that she and her sister were never and will never be as close as her own two daughters The older daughter is very peripheral; the younger one boy what a brat very sharply portrayed The distant husband comes across strongly as cold uncaring Second main character This is one of the disappointing parts He is shallow Eventually when he shows his heroic side with him being a policeman one was waiting for this side and was wondering about the choices he makes it is a bit paper doll heroic The only other point is that the dramatic flow sometimes gives way to slightly overly floral descriptions But then as I pointed out earlier we're spoiltTo summarize A good read; I've loaned it to a friend Warning Not for kids a bit too hot A hard book to read when you are a woman in your 40's like Ginnie She is losing her children to college her mother to old age and her husband is indifferent She makes bad choices but you root for her and she does redeem herself And you are thankful for her insight and strength of character and glad you spend a week with her Slow moving predictable not my favorite

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The River House
  • Margaret Leroy
  • English
  • 09 February 2016
  • 9780316741576