The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

7th May 2016

What the publisher says:

How do you escape what you can’t remember?

She can run.
But can she hide?

Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious – what makes her so jumpy and
why is she so evasive?

Their interest is Helen’s worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her.

With everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe?

Most days she can barely remember who she is…

 

 

What I say:

This is actually a hard review to write.  Not because I didn’t like the story but because I found it so gripping I could barely put it down (sadly I have to work and staring at my kindle all day rather than working would most likely be frowned upon.  A lot).  It is also difficult to write about without giving away too much of the story.   Helen, the main character is very well thought out and the trauma that she has been through is described in a heartbreaking way.  The author has clearly researched the two main themes of her back story to be able to portray them so well.   Gil, the local retired reporter who takes an interest in Helen was perhaps a little stereotyped in that “once a reporter always a reporter” manner but again, he was interesting and it didn’t detract from the story.  I didn’t come to a conclusion about why he shows such an interest in Helen but I think I will be reading this one over and over again so I am sure I will pick up on that again.

 

I also liked the structure of the book, told in parts as a flashback but is actually Helen recounting things to Gil and felt it worked really well with the subject matter.  The reappearance of two significant people from Helen’s past adds to the story and means that there is a satisfying ending to the whole thing.

 

Rating 5 out of 5

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