Today I am on the blog tour for the late, Celia Fremlin’s novel, ‘The Long Shadow’. Many thank to Joanna Lee from Faber Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
From the Edgar Award-winning author of The Hours Before Dawn
Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband, Ivor, who died in a car crash barely two months ago.
As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected Christmas guests, who may be looking for more than simple festive cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers? Who left the half-drunk whiskey bottle beside his favourite chair? And why won’t that man stop phoning, insisting he can prove Imogen’s guilt?
What does TWG think?
You will have to excuse my ignorance, but up until receiving a copy of the book, I was unaware of Celia Fremlin and just how impressive her literary back catalogue was. As bad as this sounds, I didn’t even realise the author had passed away until I read the biographical piece at the end, and I found myself googling her history. It’s safe to say that, books aside, Celia Fremlin had a rather heartbreaking personal life having been pre-deceased by all three children and her husband. I know that this is meant to be a review about her book, but I couldn’t ignore the late author’s life. I hope that wherever she is, she is incredibly proud of the legacy she has left behind.
‘The Long Shadow’ was certainly an ‘out of comfort zone’ read for me personally. I do like unique reads, but I hold my hands up and say that I did spend a lot of time frowning whilst I read it. Why? Because the storyline was very intense psychologically. I don’t mean that in a bad way, nor do I mean it in a ‘omg head funk’ type of way, just to clarify. I mean it in a rollercoaster, suspenseful sort of way with a hint of confusion. I guess the fact the storyline didn’t seem to have a path that was set in stone, ensured my mind worked overtime to keep up with all of the characters and their individual situations.
I thought that Imogen was a very crafty character as I didn’t know whether to trust the things that came out of her mouth. She had a sort of questionable vibe to her personality and, whilst it irked me at times, it added to the quirky ness of the overall storyline. Don’t get me started Robin though! Eeeesh!!!!
‘The Long Shadow’ was a very, very different type of novel, one which I enjoyed and also one which I found myself sitting on the fence for. Either way, the overall premise kept me enthralled and entertained in an addictive way.