Thursday 7 April 2022

Book Review: The Coffin Club by Jacqueline Sutherland

The Coffin Club by Jacqueline Sutherland book cover

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Kat is rebuilding her life. After losing her husband in a tragic accident, moving to the countryside is her chance to start again.

Encouraged by her new and only friend Ginny, Kat joins New Horizons, dubbed the Coffin Club by its members. And that's how she meets Nico. Instantly drawn to each other, Nico seems like Kat's perfect match. He is kind, caring, handsome and, most importantly, a father to five-year-old Magdalena. This could be Kat's shot at the one thing she has always wanted: to be a mother.

But sometimes, be careful what you wish for...

Tense and suspenseful, The Coffin Club is all about one woman's desire for one thing - to become a mother.

Newly widowed Kat is in a dark place, grieving the loss of her husband and the family they would never have. Following his tragic death, Kat moves away to the countryside in the hope of starting afresh but soon finds the loneliness is more than she can bear. 

Following a chance encounter with neighbour Ginny, Kat's life starts to change for the better. With a new friend and a new purpose in her life, she slowly starts to pick up the pieces. So, when Ginny suggests she join New Horizons, a dating club for people who have lost partners, Kat plucks up the courage to go along. 

Of course, when she meets handsome, charming Nico, it seems as though Kat may finally have found her place in the world. And to top it all off, Nico has a young daughter in need of a mother. All Kat's dreams seem to have come true at once, but after all, when are things ever as good as they seem?

The plot is initially quite slow-paced, introducing all the key characters before any action starts to happen. However, this doesn't mean it's boring. Instead, it's nice to get more of a background and understand what really makes each character tick. Of course, there are plenty of secrets and skeletons in the closet, and in some ways, this veers more towards the psychological than just a standard thriller novel. 

The Coffin Club is full of twists and turns, with surprises around every corner. There are some red herrings to keep you guessing, and the big reveal is both shocking and unexpected. It's pulled off well, although I did feel as though the ending was a little rushed. 

A gripping read, The Coffin Club is a disquieting story where nothing is quite as it seems.

Rating: 3 stars

The Coffin Club is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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