They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past A past that is anything but straightforward A past that harbours secrets and untruths Karen has a seemingly perfect life An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream She also has a secret Sandra s once perfect life is rapidly unraThey were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past A past that is anything but straightforward A past that harbours secrets and untruths Karen has a seemingly perfect life An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream She also has a secret Sandra s once perfect life is rapidly unravelling The man who meant everything to her had a dark side and her business is failing To get her life back on track she needs to reclaim what is rightfully hers She knows the secret As the past meets the present, truths are revealed and both women understand the true cost of betrayal.
Beware the Cuckoo Two women one man and a buried secret They were reunited at his funeral school friends with a shared past A past that is anything but straightforward A past that harbours secrets and untruths Karen has a seemingly perfect life An adoring
Rating: 3 / 5Publication Date: May 18th 2017Review Date: May 13th 2017DNF @ 34%First of all, let me start this off with a serious warning of pedophilia. There is a lot of pedophilia in this book, and if you are triggered by it, please do not read it. I personally think this will be quite dangerous to read for those with a pedophilia trigger.I saw this book on Netgalley and I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I thought it was quite well done, and it made me want to read it, so I requested it [...]
This was a very unexpected read, It was totally different to what I expected it to be, not actually in an awful way just very unanticipated.I will start my review with a warning, this book described the grooming and exploitation of a young teenager so if you find the subject matter tackled in this story distressing best to give a wide berth.So where to start well I loved the title "Beware the cuckoo" and I totally got the insinuation from Sandra's point of view of Karen being an interloper, the [...]
Not for me really hard to read. If I knew what this was about I really wouldn't have tried reading it.
Review: Beware the Cuckoo by Julie Newman Published by: Urbane Publications (18th May 2017) ISBN: 978-1911129912 Source: NetGalley Rating: 4* Synopsis:Two women. One man. A buried secret. They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. A past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths. Karen has a seemingly perfect life. An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home. She has all she has ever wanted, living the [...]
Beware the Cuckoo is an unsettling read but a good page turner that I could not put down and read in two sittings. The characters are well developed and the pace of the story is slow to build with the tension ratcheting up with each chapter.I know this book won’t be for everybody due to the disturbing dark theme and unpleasant characters but this was a well written story which held my attention throughout and had me quickly turning the pages as I needed to find out what happened.
Copy courtesy of NetGalleyGood characters and story line, kept the reader guessing and down-played the story lines. Easy to read.
Beware the Cuckoo by Julie Newman is not your typical mystery/thriller. It has very sensitive issues at the heart of the story which can be very disturbing for some to read (see below, if you don't mind a spoiler) .The story flashes back and forth between the past and present of two women who were best friends as young teenage girls who reconnect at at a funeral where secrets and lies from the past are about to be dredged up and painfully relived. Karen has a loving husband, two adoring children [...]
I wasn't sure what I expected from this novel but it wasn't what I got! Beware The Cuckoo by Julie Newman is a sensitively written book about a difficult subject. That of paedophilia and grooming. The more I read the more I was hooked and seeing everything happen but knowing you can't help the victim left me feeling a little uncomfortable and helpless. The story centres around 3 young girls (Karen, Sandra & Yvonne) who are thrown together into a friendship. The story is told between two time [...]
Such a compelling and original debut from author Julie Newman. A story that begins so innocently quickly turns into an unsettling triangle of greed, obsession and abuse. Newman does not shy away from these difficult themes, but stays true to the story, which makes the abuse all the more shocking and real. There are so many elements to this story, which is told both from the perspective of Karen as a young girl and as a grown woman. From family issues, to friendships and relationships, her vulner [...]
In spite of the dark undertone, this book gripped me after a few chapters and kept me hooked until the end. Yes, the theme is disturbing and yes, at times I crawled with antipathy, but the descriptive is 'matter of fact' enough to make it tolerable. I think the content adds to the story--after all, some messages are best delivered accompanied with a shock--though I do think the blurb should indicate a theme of grooming.Warning spoilers coming upKaren is frustratingly naïve though the way in whi [...]
First of all, I would like to warn readers of the content of this book. It features grooming and paedophilia so those who are sensitive to the subject might want to avoid it. I was not aware of this and once I realised, had to skip certain chapters once I got the general gist for the purpose of the story. Overall none of the characters are particularly likeable for various reasons. The story centres around the friendship between 3 girls who are more thrown together by circumstances than being ge [...]
Beware the Cuckoo by Julie Newman.Two women. One man. A buried secret.They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. A past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths.Karen has a seemingly perfect life. An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home. She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream. She also has a secret.Sandra's once perfect life is rapidly unravelling. The man who meant everything to her had a dark s [...]
I assume that the book cover is the representation of the green eyed-monster. The book is about Karen growing up with her three friends and living with a terrible secret. The secret is bad, I just thought it was much bigger. I really didn't care for the protagonist Karen at all, She was a complete doormat for most of her life and the only time I felt sorry for her was when she had the secret. I didn't get a real friendship vibe from those girls so I couldn't really connect with them. I did enjoy [...]
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC copy of this book which I received in return for an honest review.I tried several times to get into this story and once I was 'in', I was compelled to finish it despite not being completely immersed in the story.I found the characters rather unlikeable. Despite the interesting handling of a rather sensitive subject matter, I was sometimes wondering if we needed such vivid descriptions and whether some things could simply be left to our imaginat [...]
I have been very torn by this book there are things I liked and disliked . I liked the fact that once you start reading you soon realize why the cover fits well because truthfully at the beginning I didn't understand it and thought it didn't fit the book but now I do. I liked that the book is pretty disturbing but I think that's the charm of the book in a odd way. I liked that I couldn't stop reading it because I needed to know more. I didn't like that what I thought would be a good twist at the [...]
I very nearly didn't read this as I foolishly read an unforgiving review on . I'm so glad that I followed my instincts and decided to read and judge for myself. I really enjoyed this book!It reminded me a little of the 80's book/movie "Lace" by Shirley Conran. A great mixture of characters with multiple layers within them.I was first drawn to "Beware The Cuckoo" by its striking cover. The flash of green really drew my eye to the eye pictured, it made me wonder what was going on in the girl's min [...]
This book is another book that works with the past vs. present points of view. However, it is some very sensitive subjects so if you are triggered by pedophile don't pick this up. If you are interested in the dark side of humanity you may like this book. There was some really good writing, but the ending seemed a bit rushed, I could have used a little more suspense near the end. However, it did keep me on the seat of my chair trying to figure out what could happen and I had a few surprises that [...]
What a sad but brilliant and uplifting book.The story tracks the life of a young girl who has been cleverly abused by an older man, making her believe that she is not a victim and so ashamed for what she has done, it's so heartbreaking and also realistic, I was so glad when she finally broke free of his clutches.The ending was satisfying too, tying up all loose ends and filling me with a sense of justice.This was a well written, captivating novel, with good characters and excellent descriptions, [...]
A big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for copy of this book in exchange for a review.What a great book - I couldn't put it down - it's a fast paced page turner about 3 best friends growing up.It does touch on the delicate subject of "grooming teenage girls" but I didn't find it that shocking or disturbing that I was unable to read the story like some other reviewers have suggested.Loved the way the story flowed so it was one chapter in the present day and one chapter in the past but th [...]
High expectationsPromising start, reflecting on cultural and social fabric of 70's. The relationship tween Karen and Bill is abusive - I don't need the sexual details.ofild and adult.
Gripping story of a young woman's painGreat story telling the pain of a young girl led into child abuse by a man who she trusted like a father
A horrifyingly gripping story which was equally hard to continue with and difficult to put down.
It wasn't what I expected from the description but in a odd sort of way I enjoyed it.