Sunday 14 June 2020

The Seduction - Joanna Briscoe || Blog Tour

Beth lives in the tree-shrouded no-man’s land by Camden with her partner Sol and their daughter Fern. Life is peaceful, but Beth is troubled by increasing unease. It could be the uncertainty of her mother, who disappeared when Beth was a child. Or it could be the sense that Fern is keeping secrets from her.

So she goes to therapy. Dr Tamara Bywater is there to help her patients. But what if the very person who is meant to be the solution becomes the most dangerous problem of all? And why is what’s bad for us so enticing?

I tell you what, the synposis of this book gives very little away so it was intriguing to me going into this.

Beth lives in Camden with her husband Sol and daughter, we meet her as she is starting to feel a bit strained, her daughter seems to be pulling away, she is uneasy about her mother who vanished when she was a child and it is causing her alot of anxiety. Her husband Sol suggest she sees goes into therapy to help her through, so that is what she does. Dr Bywater is there to help,to listen and help Beth understand her anxiety but what happens when boundaries are pushed and the relationship changes? Dr Bywater - or T as we come to know her becomes enticing and addictive. We follow Beth as she battles with her inner turmoil surrounding everything.

This book was certainly different, it was enticing and unlike anything i had read. It really delves into the human mind. Beth was flighty, anxious, unsure and easily manipulated - i started off with a strong dislike to her but as i followed the book through, i actually felt for her. I think Joanna did a wonderful job with Dr Bywater, her personality was a very complex one and i think it was written so well, she was handled in a way that the reader could see her clearly.

There was a few minor things i disliked - i felt her daughter acted alot older - i mean noticeably, i know it was referenced and addressed but to me i wasn't totally believing it. I also felt sometimes that bits of text could be removed and it wouldn't impact the story. I did however enjoy the description, and the time Joanna took to make everything felt it had a depth.

This was a read where you saw gradual change over time, and i feel like the slightly slower pace was need to allow us to embrace it, it was certainly an interesting read and a unique thriller style read and overall really a good book.

Joanna Briscoe is the author of five previous novels, including the bestselling Sleep With Me, which was adapted for ITV by Andrew Davies. She has been a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian, is a literary critic for the Guardian, and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4.

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