Bonded by their traumatic childhoods, Flora and Sophie are inseparable friends who married brothers.
What they could not have anticipated was their mother-in-law, Cecelia. Disappointed that her children have married beneath them, Cecelia takes every opportunity to belittle and taunt her daughter’s-in-law.
When Cecelia learns that Flora and her son are moving away, her wrath escalates, and Flora’s world begins to fall apart.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s life is also crumbling around her. Her marriage is not what it seems, and she is desperate to escape the clutches of the poisonous family she has married into.
Is Flora being tormented or is she losing her mind?
Will Sophie and Flora be forced to leave their husbands in order to survive?
With a mother-in-law like Cecelia, anything is possible…
Having loved Abigail Osborne’s debut novel, I was looking forward to this second (notoriously difficult!) novel. And it became obvious very early on that the author has put her heart and soul into this psychological thriller and that her writing has an added maturity and sensitivity that shows she has given it her all…
For most of the storyline, I would describe this book as a bit of a slow burner. The reader meets two friends who are married to brothers and even live next door to each other. The other thing they have in common is their “monster-in-law” Cecelia who seems to delight in showing her hatred of the two women who have “stolen” her precious sons. When Flora starts to receive vicious messages and finds nasty things planted in her home, she confides in her friend that she thinks Cecelia has sunk to a new low to prevent Flora and her husband Sam from moving away from the family home. But Sophie is also suffering and when she finally opens up to Flora, the girls realise they have to make some serious decisions if they want to escape the family from hell!
The heart of this novel is very much the relationship between Flora and Sophie. Their shared childhood memories have kept them the very best of friends and marrying brothers has cemented that close connection. There are some really unlikeable characters here and all of them have been cleverly crafted to send shivers down the readers spine-they certainly did with me! And there was a real sense of the utter contempt for those not meeting the expectations of Cecelia-she truly was the mother-in-law from hell! The arrogance that radiated from the Cavendish family radiated off the page and I pitied anyone who had to cross them.
After the slow build up, the last third of the book throws up shocks and surprises practically every time you turn the page! There was a chain of twists that were so unexpected that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out where it was all going to end! And what an ending it was! Save Her is a gripping and easy to read psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. I can’t wait to see what the author delivers next!
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband and is a board game fanatic, owning over 70 games. She has a huge collection of books, plays the violin, and used to play the piano until her husband sold it because it was too heavy to keep moving. Save Her is Abigail’s second novel