Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Review: The Elephant Girl - Henriette Gyland

Peek-a-boo I see you…
When five-year-old Helen Stephens witnesses her mother’s murder, her whole world comes crumbling down. Rejected by her extended family, Helen is handed over to child services and learns to trust no-one but herself. Twenty years later, her mother’s killer is let out of jail, and Helen swears vengeance.

Jason Moody runs a halfway house, desperate to distance himself from his father’s gangster dealings. But when Helen shows up on his doorstep, he decides to dig into her past, and risks upsetting some very dangerous people.

As Helen begins to question what really happened to her mother, Jason is determined to protect her. But Helen is getting too close to someone who’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden...

My thoughts:
This book is about one angry young woman, and she has every right to be angry. Her mother was murdered right next to her. Her family did not take care of her after it, instead she was put into the system. And life growing up was not easy as she is epileptic and kids can be cruel. Not to mention that adults can be stupid.

That is our introduction to Helen. The book takes off when she comes back to England as her mum's killer has been let out of jail. Revenge and answers is what she wants. Her anger and resentment felt real. She was lost and she had never dealt with her grief. I liked her determination to find answers.

The blurb talks about a certain Jason, yes we all know these two will meet and fall in love then. But that takes time. Helen has her anger and wants the truth. Jason wants to escape from his father's shadow (as his dad is a crook.) Their "friendship" starts with lies and there is darkness over it all. But he is a good guy, I liked him and as Helen changes something grows.

But the book is more than that. There is the whole mystery part. What happened 20 years ago when her mother died? Was the killer really caught? There are many questions and she finds it piece by piece. And as the hunt continues it gets more dangerous.

Conclusion:
The book has friendship, romance, mystery and suspense. And real characters.

Cover
Simple, but still good

Romantic Fiction / Suspense
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2013 by Choc Lit (first published June 11th 2013)
(It's out in ebook form in the US now, but in print first in August)
For review

42 comments:

brandileigh2003 said...

The mystery and romance sounds well done, haven't heard of this one until now

Audra said...

This sounds *good* -- plus, I love that cover!!

Darlene said...

This sounds good and probably something I'd like.

Carole Rae said...

Wow...sounds super intense.
It took me a while, but I finally made the connection of the title to the story...elephants have a deep and long memory and so does she. Haha! I surprise myself sometimes. ;D

Elysium said...

This sounds very good. Kind of different from what I usually read.

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like an intense read!

fredamans said...

Sounds like an intense and emotional read. Great review.

Blodeuedd said...

It's brand new :)

Blodeuedd said...

I do like elephants, lol

Blodeuedd said...

I do think so too

Blodeuedd said...

dang girl...I did not think of that 0_0 And it was even mentioned like twice about elephants! I just thought it was cos of her mum-s purse

Blodeuedd said...

I like choc lit cos they are..well women's fiction

Blodeuedd said...

I could not figure out the mystery

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks :D

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this one sounds like something I would enjoy. Love the sound of the mystery. Must add this to the wishlist!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful review! This one sounds fun since it isn't all about the romance. Don't get me wrong, I love my romances...however I like to take little breaks and read something a little different. I'll definitely have to put this on my to be read list to check out down the road. :-D

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

You have me very curious!!

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard about this one, but you have my attention. I want to read this one.

Melliane said...

oh nice so many things to like in this book!

Blodeuedd said...

Yay, add away

Blodeuedd said...

I get ya. That is why I like these kind of books too. It's not the romance in focus, it's about her, and yes she falls in love, but it is still about her

Blodeuedd said...

Hihi, work done

Blodeuedd said...

I think it would be a good fit for you

Blodeuedd said...

yeah I like it

Aurian said...

Nice review Blodeuedd, but I don't think this book is for me.

Anachronist said...

I like the sound of it - might try that one! Thanks for the review!

Karen said...

This doesn't sound like my typical kind of read but it sounds fantastic.

I might check it out - I'm looking for something different right now.

Jenny said...

Sounds like a great read, you know I love romance! I like that the romance takes time as well since they're both dealing with separate things:)

Blodeuedd said...

Yup.not too sweet for you. Lol, I like saying that ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Different is always good, I love different :) I need it too, cos I grow bored easily

Blodeuedd said...

As it should :) Ok yes yes I admit, I love all forms :D Even some forms of insta love

Teddyree said...

Haven't seen this one around at all and yep it sounds pretty good. I like the cover :)

Staci said...

Sounds like it could be a good read!

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

You should give it a go

Unknown said...

Sounds like an intense story! Glad you enjoyed it :-)

Blodeuedd said...

Not the book for everyone

Blodeuedd said...

I did :)

Anna said...

This sounds like a book I might enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

OH I love the sound of this one. Going on the list.

Blodeuedd said...

:)

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