A Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock

a trick of the mindBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review

Have you committed a crime …or are you the victim of one?

Driving down to the cottage in Southwold she’s newly inherited from her Aunty May, Ellie senses she is on the edge of something new. The life she’s always dreamed of living as a successful artist seems as though it is about to begin. So excited is she that she barely notices when the car bumps against something on the road.

That evening Ellie hears a news flash on the radio. A man was seriously injured in a hit and run on the very road she was driving down that evening. Then Ellie remembers the thump she heard. Could she have been responsible for putting a man in hospital? Unable to hold the doubts at bay, she decides to visit the victim to lay her mind to rest, little knowing that the consequences of this decision will change her life forever.

My Review

There is a focus on water and rivers which was enjoyable and I loved the references to the house in Southwold, such a magical area. This is a book about relationships, but no so much healthy ones, lies, secrets, it is very clever with some crazy disturbed people, and plenty of twists.

Ellie is a very needy person, I thought, she lacks confidence, she needs someone, but Patrick is clearly the wrong person.

The author portrays the characters well keeps the reader engaged in the plot and wanting to keep turning the pages, she gives little bits of the background of the main characters at the right times and the right amount. I loved the relationship between Ellie and Pepper. I found the storyline surprising, it kept me guessing. I will be looking out for more books by this author.


penny hancockAbout the Author

Penny grew up in South East London and then did an English degree in Newcastle Upon Tyne. For several years she taught English as a foreign language in Italy, Greece and Morocco. She then took a PGCE, got a job as a Primary school teacher in an inner city London school, and moved into her partner Andy’s short-life house in East London, which is now part of the hardcore under the M11 that links their new home in Cambridge with her birth place in Greenwich!

While bringing up their three children, she continued to teach in primary schools, taught English to asylum seekers, and ran adult education classes in writing. She also wrote articles for various papers (The Independent, The Guardian, The Times Ed, The Sunday Express magazine, and Child Education, amongst others) specialising in family and education. Penny has also written readers for English language learners for Cambridge University Press, and a Primary English course for children published by Longmans. It was an Arvon writing course and an MA in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University that encouraged her to complete her first novel.







About the Book

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471115070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471115073

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