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#TheWomanInTheWood Lesley Pearse – Released today! @PenguinUKBooks @LesleyPearse


Today I am featuring my latest review -- THE WOMAN IN THE WOOD by Lesley Pearse.

Here's more about her:

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 2 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.

Truth is often stranger than fiction and Lesley's life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances.

Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused - their mother had been dead for some time.

With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried - a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse - and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley's early years is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books: what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. It was an extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.


Thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and Lesley Pearse for this copy!


Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960.

The twins are sent to their grandmother’s country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods.

With their grandmother seeming to have little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, and the police soon giving up hope, it is left to Maisy to discover the truth. And she will start with Grace Deville. A woman who lives alone in the wood, about whom rumours abound . . .

My Review:

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m reviewing The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse. Here are my thoughts:

^^ When Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan get sent away to live with their grandmother, after their mother is sent to an asylum, Duncan goes missing. What follows is a nightmare search to uncover Duncan’s last steps – all of which point to Grace Deville; the grumpy old woman in the wood of whom they befriended before Duncan’s disappearance. But is everything as it seems? What if the murderous stories about the woman in the wood are true? Could she know more than she lets on?

^^ Okay, I’ll hold my hands up and admit it, I’ve never read any of this author’s work and after reading up about her I’ve discovered she has a whole range of books out that do not easily fit to a defined genre. This is totally new to me!

^^ The Woman in the Wood is set in the 1960s postwar England, which added to its charm. Especially when you hear how the twins were neglected as they were growing up and their mother is just shipped off to an asylum.

^^ Because of the time period and the English postwar setting, the plot had a quaint, old-fashioned feel to it. Initially, I felt this lead to a slow start, but after the first third of the way in things really picked up and Maisy’s search for her missing brother moved the story forward at a much quicker pace.

^^ Lesley Pearse has an intriguing way of delving into her characters and pulling out their secrets. Hidden within I discovered lots of family drama with many layers (including romance), and an equally intriguing and thought-provoking mystery surrounding the woman in the wood.

^^ I must add their is some serious issues brought up in this book and a couple of brutal horror scenes that I didn’t expect, since the book was written so eloquently, almost like a fairy-tale. In fact, Hansel and Gretel are actually mentioned. So when these disturbing things were told it really packed a punch, I can tell you. Emotional!

Overall: I liked this book a lot and feel Lesley Pearse has a real talent for words. I’ll definitely look out for more of her books and maybe check out her backlist, too.

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  1. There’s something so chilling about people who go missing in the woods! Grace Deville is the kind of character who would keep me on the edge of my seat as her secrets are uncover. Thanks for sharing!

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