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Coming To Find You: the Sunday Times Bestseller and this summer's must-read thriller

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I appreciated the reminder that people aren’t always what you think they are, that there are some things that can’t be told to anyone, and that none of us know what someone is capable of. It felt like the author couldn’t decide how to connect the WWII aspect to the murder aspect, so they created multiple weak connections through tropes (the importance of best friends, mental illness, domestic violence) but every single theme or message falls short. Set in Sidmouth and written during the second world war and the present day, this book takes you on an emotional journey. There is historical fiction in this book that nobody was expecting, and I’m not sure if I would classify it as a thriller either. Coming To Find You" by Jane Corry is a gripping and captivating novel that takes the reader on a journey through two different time periods, the Second World War and the present day, set in the same house with tall chimneys in Sidmouth.

Half the book is a World War 2 story in a more rural British area about a woman whose son goes off to war and takes in London evacuees and half the book is contemporary told from the young woman who is moving to her family's home after her stepbrother is imprisoned. Jane worked as an RLF Fellow at Exeter University and is a former creative writing tutor at Oxford University.I absolutely loved the 1941 timeline, reading about the evacuee girls, life during the war and the heartache at Elizabeth’s only child going off to fight the German’s. I look forward to reading other books by this author and can certainly recommend this one to others. Jane Corry explores to perfection the concepts of truth – from historical facts through social construction of truth to personal self-delusion – so that there are echoes for all readers. Firstly, as others have said, the blurb makes zero reference to an entirely different POV that runs for half the book. Gripping story with near and distant past and present cleverly interwoven to show how the secrets of the past will always come to find us.

The thrilling part of this really felt out of place with this story and I think it would of went better with out it honestly it would of flowed better in my opinion. This book will have you on the edge of your seat wondering just what happened to Nancy's mom and step-dad! I wasn’t expecting the lovely folks at Penguin Random House Canada to grant my late request, so I was surprised when less than 24h later, the ARC appeared on my Kindle. Elizabeth takes in two children and their teacher as refugees during the war, and events happen here that lead to more secrets being kept.Set in different time lines with tragic circumstances in both this is an interesting look into war time Britain and also how in the beat of the heart circumstances can change. I'd happily have read a whole story set in wartime without any need for the present day shenanigans; it was interesting to read how people on the South Coast lived under constant fear of German invasion, and the actions taken to potentially defend themselves - the "secret army" - if it came to pass. She chooses to seek refuge in her late grandmother’s house, Tall Chimneys, which is situated in the quiet seaside village of Sidmouth.

Parallels of theme between the two stories add depth and the way the strands are gathered together into a satisfying finale is so skilfully written. Coming to Find You is brilliantly structured because just when you feel you can’t bear the tension of Nancy’s first person, intimately told, story any longer, there is respite.There is a whole separate timeline and story that takes up half of the book that is a story from WWII. This experience helped inspire her Sunday Times Penguin bestsellers 'My Husband's Wife', 'Blood Sisters', 'The Dead Ex', 'I Looked Away', 'I Made A Mistake', 'To Tell The Truth', 'We All Have Our Secrets' and 'Coming To Find You'. This is a story told by Nancy in the modern time and Elizabeth back in the early days of World War 2. This is a story that is a mix of different genres, historical fiction and romance, crime, thriller and also a thread of psychological thriller and mystery to it.

Her writing is beautiful as she manages to create great drama but also emotional attachment to the characters in this book.I am not sure which section I loved the most as the historical setting was as compelling as the present-day setting. To get away from the press, Nancy retreats to her Grandmothers Regency House ‘Tall Chimneys’ in a rural seaside village near Devon.

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