Finders, Keepers by Sabine Durrant

One woman’s secret is her neighbour’s opportunity.

Ailsa Tilson moves with her husband and children to Trinity Fields in search of the new. 
New project – a house to renovate. New people – no links to the past. New friends – especially her next-door neighbour, the lonely Verity, who needs her help. 

Verity has lived in Trinity Fields all her life. She’s always resisted change. Her home and belongings are a shield, a defence to keep the outside world at bay. But something about the Tilsons piques her interest.

Just as her ivy creeps through the shared garden fence, so Verity will work her way into the Tilson family. 

And once they realise how formidable she can be, it might well be too late

I’m a huge fan of Sabine Durrant as her slow burning psychological thrillers are exactly the type of books I love! Finders, Keepers was high on my list of anticipated reads of the year and thankfully it didn’t disappoint.

Verity has lived in the same house all of her life. She’s unmarried (but not inexperienced with the opposite sex as she’s quick to point out!) and her life revolves around her job, her dog and the local pub quiz. When the Tilson family move in next door, the clash of lifestyles is very obvious from their first encounter. Tom is obsessed with the state of Verity’s garden and worried about it encroaching on the perfection he’s seeking of his own property. His bullying ways made me feel very uncomfortable from his first comment and every mention got me even more worked up! Ailsa and Verity become friends which was very unexpected due to their differences but I couldn’t work out who was playing who, if that were the case! Both seemed untrustworthy characters with secrets to hide, but who’s secrets are going to lead to the death (we know there’s been one and who’s from very early in the narrative) that has occurred?

This is a deliciously dark slow burner with some incredibly unlikable characters carrying out unexpectedly devious acts. And that’s where Sabine Durrant excels! The creeping sense of awareness that things weren’t as they first seemed bubbled beneath the seemingly everyday encounters between Verity and her neighbours. I knew where my sympathies lay but I also knew I was probably being led down the (weed infested) garden path!

Sabine Durrant remains one of my go-to authors who’s books I will buy without even reading the blurb. Finders, Keepers is a gripping, tense and emotionally exhausting novel that had a satisfying storyline and a gratifying ending. I adored it!

Sabine Durrant is the author of three psychological thrillers, Under Your Skin,Remember Me This Way and Lie With Me, a Richard & Judy Bookclub selection and Sunday Times paperback bestseller. Her previous novels are Having It and Eating It and The Great Indoors, and two books for teenage girls, Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles and Ooh La La! Connie Pickles. She is a former features editor of the Guardian and a former literary editor at the Sunday Times, and her writing has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. She lives in south London with her partner and their three children.

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