Thursday, 7 September 2017

Reading My Books - I Do Not Sleep

This was a change of pace in my reading, I haven't read anything by the author of I Do Not Sleep, Judy Finnigan, before and haven't read anything in the more "contemporary" range of literature as my last few books have been mysteries or non fiction.  So this was a pleasant change.

I Do Not Sleep tells the story of Molly Gabriel whose son Joey disappeared five years ago, his body was never found, but his boat was found smashed to bits.  Molly is coerced by her family into going on holiday and therefore returning to the place where Joey was last seen in Cornwall.  The more time that Molly spends in Cornwall the more convinced she is that Joey is trying to get in touch with her.


The blurb of the book summarises all of that for us pretty well as follows:-

"Five years ago, Molly Gabriel lost her twenty-year old son, Joey, to a terrible sailing accident.  His empty boat was washed ashore on the rocks, but his body was never found.

Now, Molly has returned to the sands of Cornwall haunted by his disappearance, unable to accept he is gone.  Joey was an experienced sailor and died on a calm sea - things just don't add up and Molly cannot let it go.

Desperate for answers, she turns to Joey's best friend, Ben, to try and find out what really happened that day..."

As I said, this sums up the story of the book pretty well and entices us in.  Another plus is, yay!, the grammar.  All good!!

The story was well written, had a good pace and was interesting.  I have some vague idea in the back of my head that Judy Finnigan does now live - with her family - in Cornwall, and even if she doesn't I would say she has visited a lot because she gave a great flavour of what I know of this wonderful county.  I could really picture it in my mind from the way she was writing.  That is important, because Cornwall is a very important backdrop to this whole story.

There are of course twists and turns to keep us occupied while the story is being told along with some other smaller sub plots, but the main story keeps going and that means this is a good read.  I learned about some new things that I didn't know about, and have no idea if they are true, but I now believe them to be!

The ending is rather inevitable in some ways and is very sad and moving, but there is a twist to this which is again, slightly predictable perhaps, but does give a happier outcome, and I like that!  I don't need to read books that always end in doom and gloom.

So, what did I think?  I liked it.  I read this really quickly, it was easy and pleasant to read.  I think you will like the story - although it is rather sad - and will like the descriptions in the story.  If you like Rosamude Pilcher's descriptions of Cornwall I think you will like this book too.

I give it 10 out of 10 without any hesitation!  My copy will be given away to someone I think will enjoy it and I hope they will because I did.

I see from the back cover that Judy Finnigan has written other books - the cover mentions one called Eloise.  Have any of you read anything else by her?  I wonder if it is worth looking out for her other books.  Do let me know.

Amy

My other book reviews can be found here.

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, Amy! Sounds like a good read. I just watched the classic movie, 'Rebecca' on PBS with a similar theme of a boating accident. Hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer. Hugs xo Karen

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  2. I had no idea that Judy Finnigan had written two books - I just thought that she was part of the double act with her husband i.e "Richard and Judy". I understand that they live in Hampstead Garden Suburbs, but I wouldn't be surprised if they owned a holiday home in Cornwall too. According to wiki she has only written the two books - something she has taken up in the last few years.

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  3. I was curious so I just went and looked at amazon and she has another book coming out later in September it seems! Odd coincidence.

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  4. Richard and Judy have a home near Fowey in Cornwall. Richard has also written at least one book but I can't remember what it's called.

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  5. Sounds interesting, will go looking on Amazon

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  6. I've just reserved it in my local library after your review. Judy F. went to my school in Manchester but was a couple of years older so hardly knew her. I'm looking forward to reading a book by her.

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  7. Sounds interesting. I like a happy ending, in books and films on tv. There's enough doom and gloom in the world so I like my escapism to have a happy ending xx

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  8. Sounds like a good story. I just finished a non-fiction book myself about a boating "accident" that is a mystery still not solved in Canadian history. I really like Rosamund Pilcher's books too.
    Wendy

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  9. Glad you enjoyed the book. I have not heard of that author before.

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  10. Thanks for this good review - it's always great to find a new author and this book sounds like something I'd like.

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  11. Sounds a great read. I'm always delighted when I've enjoyed a book and then discover the author has a back catalogue. Happy page turning!

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  12. I had no idea that she had become an author, presuming she was a presenter. Sounds like a great book.

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  13. Sounds good and thanks for the review. Take care.

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  14. I read this recently and enjoyed it, also enjoyed Elouise, can't say the same about the two I read by Richard, they were okay but he seemed to be trying too hard.

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  15. Hello my sweet Amy! I've been slowly catching back up in blogland. I love seeing what you're reading and what you've been up to making!! Looking forward to visiting more as the Fall progresses and I get my schedule to calm down and enjoy more blogging time.
    Have a blessed weekend Hon! xoxo

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  16. That sounds like a perfect beach read!

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  17. I know you should never judge a book by its cover but this one would put me off! Plus the fact that it's written by a tv personality. So, it's good to know that it is actually a good read :-) Hope all's well with you, Amy. Sam x

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  18. I have this one in my to-read pile so I'm glad to know it's worth a read. I love Cornwall. That's where Mum and I went for our holiday this year. The coastline is really beautiful. I'd love to go visit again!

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  19. We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall this year, so this book has just been added to my "to read" list.

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  20. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've never read anything by Judy Finnigan, I'm a bit put off really when I see people in the public eye become authors but perhaps I should give her a chance after your review.

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  21. Wow! 10 out of 10! It must be VERY good :)

    Colletta

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  22. Hello.I found this post very interesting.having remembered Richard and Judy from presenting "This Morning" for years,and yes I do believe they may have a Holiday Home in Cornwall.I knew Judy did write books.I live in Cornwall so may well buy this book after your brilliant review.Thanks for sharing this post.x

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  23. I have never read anything by JF, although I have read plenty of the books recommended in the Richard and Judy book club.
    Sounds like the book really bought the flavour of the Cornish world to life which is certainly a plus as it's such a beautiful part of the UK.
    Lisa x

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