The Storm

In my opinion...

The lovely Amanda Jennings does it again, telling a great Cornish tale!

A compelling and thought provoking read, which is all too horribly accurate and credible when observing Nathan’s controlling treatment of Hannah. This is uncomfortable reading, but as many of us know it’s not always just as easy as packing up and leaving.

The story moves effortlessly between viewpoints, and timelines, returning to when Hannah was a young girl in love with Cam prior to the life changing storm. Why is she now with Nathan doing as she's told?

Set in beautiful, wild Cornwall, the novel twists and unsettles you. It is fast moving, the dialogue moves the plot on & I believed in the well written characters.

Hard to put down, I was intrigued by the references to a storm glass as invented by the captain of Darwin’s HMS Beagle- ‘a mysterious phenomenon which can predict changes in weather.’ What a fabulous simile for this story- you hooked me, Amanda Jennings!

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To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him?

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.

But the past is about to catch up with them. Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ‘90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…

My rating...

A gripping 4 glasses

Thank you HarperCollins & NetGalley for my ARC