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'Paradise isn't quite so nice' were my thoughts when I found myself engrossed in this tense thriller from Leigh Russell.
It's 1977, and British expatriate, George Hall, is working on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, where he meets and falls in love with Veronique. As their relationship deepens, there are political storm clouds gathering. Events take a turn for the worse, and the reigning President is ousted in a political coup, and a new regime seizes power. George is foolish enough to criticise the new regime, and is forced by the rebels to leave the island immediately. He has to leave Veronique behind, but vows he will return for her.
Fast forward some 30 years, and George returns to Mahé with his wife Sandra, and their daughter Lucy. He believes the holiday will do Lucy good after her recent split from her fiancé. Initially the island works its magic as they relax and take in the beautiful scenery. That's when events from the past create a sinister turn for George and his family.
The book had a slightly slow start, but soon picked up pace and momentum. It caused me something of a dilemma actually - I didn't want to put the book down, and equally didn't want to pick it up, as this meant I would finish it much too soon, and I didn't want it to end! I have to admit to finding Lucy a little irritating, but was willing to overlook this fact in favour of the strong plot. So to round up I would say I'd definitely recommend this book, as it retained my interest throughout.