I know, I know I’m late to the party on this one but my gosh – Finders, Keepers was an absolute cracker! Described by Mark Edwards as a ‘cross between Notes from a Scandal & Gone Girl, with a dash of Eleanor Oliphant’, I was intrigued to see how this story would pan out and curious to see which of the characters would have Eleanor Oliphant’s traits!
Verity has lived in her home all her life; it’s the house she was brought up in with her sister, where she nursed her mother in her later years and where she now resides alone with a tonne of stuff. Verity doesn’t seem to be a big fan of change but her curiosity is peaked by her new neighbours and their renovations on the property next door… until Tom starts asking her to tidy her front garden and trim her unruly back garden. Luckily Tom’s wife, Ailsa, is much more friendly and an unlikely friendship develops between a modern neat freak and a collector-maniac.
The plot flips between the beginnings of their friendship and the present. In the present, Ailsa is heavily dependent on Verity to guide her through challenging times, and Durrant is going to tease us readers throughout before she reveals the truth.
Finders, Keepers has a plot that is packed full of twists with every sentence capturing suspense, pace… and also charm. Verity is a most curious character, she had many layers to her with some only being revealed at later stages of the story, but throughout she seized my attention with her unusual habits and her particular thoughts. My mind couldn’t decide if she was a reliable or unreliable character… she really was a mystery to me… and that is why she is such an incredible main character!
A superb psychological thriller that will have you contemplating throughout who is the finder and who is the keeper.
Finders, Keepers is out now with Hodder and Stoughton in hardback and eBook versions.
Until next time, Chloé x