You don’t know what’s going on in Sara’s house… Or in her head.
Sara is lonely. No one talks to her – not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.
Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.
But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.
I was very impressed at how quickly this novel drew me in, I started reading it then before I knew it I was done and nodding my head in appreciation at the execution of it.
At first glance this is a slow burner of a domestic drama as we follow the day to day life of Sara, living in a small community but keeping herself separate from it as she deals with a husband in pain and angry about it, looks after her more challenging son and tries to keep things peaceful. She meets Katie, dog walker and college student and before she knows it she becomes enmeshed in village life.
Disturbance is a quietly observant and clever novel, the further into it you get the more it starts to intrigue. The author captures the gossip and nosiness of a small community perfectly, with little intricate details and often ironic humour, placing her main protagonist right at the centre of it. Then slowly she starts to reveal a darker side, a truth that rises to the surface in small, seemingly insignificant events and actions, until you see clearly what has been right in front of you all along.
This isn’t a book with a twist you won’t see coming this is a book where you will be unsure whether it will or not, it is an intelligent plot with memorable characters and a real emotional feel to it. I loved every minute of it. Nice to be challenged in a different way and I’ll probably read it again with hindsight.