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The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliott Wright - Review

Friday, April 12, 2019

I got this book on Netgalley so thank you to Simon & Schuster for granting me access to it. I received an electronic copy of this book for my consideration but was not otherwise compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Furthermore, in the interests of full disclosure, I know Susan Elliott Wright a bit. She did the same MA I did and we're friends on Facebook. I follow her writing pretty closely as I've enjoyed all her books and am always excited for a new one.

So I got granted this book and then kept meaning to get round to it and then I finally did! I'm glad I did because I really liked the book; I'm giving it four out of five.

It's set in Sheffield and has Leah - Cornelia - as the main character. At the beginning of the book she's dealing with long term back pain and about to go back to work. It's obvious she's been in hospital but it's not obvious what has happened.

Then her husband Adrian dies and Leah discovers things about his life that she didn't know, and then tries to infiltrate his other life. We see her start to get ill again and, through a dual narrative showing us what happened "then", we see what happened when she was ill.

The dual narrative is really effective, and I liked Leah and felt really sorry for her throughout the book. I loved the setting and I liked the other characters. I liked how it started off showing you how Adrian and Leah got together as I thought it showed the depth of their relationship and then the betrayals later.

I would give trigger warnings for death, for suicide, and for mental illness. I found it quite harrowing to read even though I really liked it too.

Can't wait for the next one!


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