So today is a VERY special day indeed! It’s my turn on the blog tour for the perfection that is The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings! Not only that-it’s publication day AND my birthday!
About this book…
Some friendships are made to be broken
Cornwall, summer of 1986.
The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…
Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.
As I write this review I am actually sighing in contentment as I remember how I felt whilst reading The Cliff House! You know that feeling when you close a book and just hold it, not wanting to quite let it go yet as you desperately try to hang on to the emotions it evoked? Please tell me that other people do this too!
I love books that surprise you by tearing up the rule book and The Cliff House comes across as if the author was utterly compelled to just let her characters speak and be heard. It is one very special book and one that deserves words far more eloquent than those I can come up with so please forgive me if mine don’t match the marvel of this story! To me this book is pure perfection. It swept me up, swirled me around in its current of emotion and left me washed up on the banks of purgatory completely drained. The themes of love, loss and obsession became entwined with my own feelings and I was left positively exhausted by the time I greedily devoured the final few pages.
This poignant page turner is set in Cornwall in the summer of 1986 and the sense of both time and place are brought to life perfectly by its evocative narrative. There was often a dreamlike quality to it even when it was actually more of a nightmare at times! Tamsyn was an intriguing character, struggling to move on from the death of her father six years ago and who becomes obsessed by The Cliff House and the family who live there. Her grief manifests itself in her all-consuming behaviour but as the plot developed with its emotive and slow burning intensity, I found that I wasn’t as repelled by her actions as I would have expected myself to be. In fact I felt sympathetic with, not only her, but all the main players here! I was captivated by their interactions with each other, hanging off their every word and looking for clues as to why their behaviour was the way it was. It helped that the narrative was so powerfully suggestive, with images conjured up perfectly of both characters and places that I couldn’t help but become involved with them. I often felt like I was actually there, pulled into their world as if I had purposely stepped into a literary work of art.
Yes this is a stunning book! It’s spellbinding from the very first word and just so touchingly beautiful in every turn of phrase that is so thoughtfully put together. I feel I am gushing a little with this one but I just loved it so much! I can highly recommend this dark but hauntingly atmospheric read. Don’t miss out on this one!
The Cliff House is available to purchase from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came from the publisher.
Meet the author…
Amanda Jennings lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, three daughters, and a menagerie of animals. She studied History of Art at Cambridge and before writing her first book, was a researcher at the BBC. With a deep fascination for the far-reaching effects of trauma, her books focus on the different ways people find to cope with loss, as well as the moral struggles her protagonists face. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found walking the dog. Her favourite place to be is up a mountain or beside the sea.