Oh my this is a great summer read which starts with a holiday in Greece!
Marcus and Tess are on holiday, their marriage is a little bit rocky and the place they are staying in isn’t quite what they’d imagined but they do the British thing and dig deep and put on the best face for the sake of their three-year old son, Toby.
Picture the scene, they are on the beach, anyone who’s holidayed with a young child knows that sentence covers lots of preparation with lots to carry before you can even begin to relax. Tess pops off the beach to get changed and by the time she returns back Toby is in the water, face down. Sabine Durrant captures the scene all too well. The panic, horror and worst case scenarios were racing through my mind just as they did his parents from the stuttering view we get as the scene is viewed through their eyes. Sabine Durrant does so much by allowing the reader to fill in the gaps and by giving us the prompts and the space to absorb them this really was one of those scenes that became uncomfortably vivid.
With each chapter told from alternate points of view between Marcus and Tess we learn a lot about them both in the best way because we can’t help but see how they view themselves and what they really think of their other halves.
But back to Toby and the scary moment. Fortunately for them all there is a rescuer in the shape of Dave Jepson. A man holidaying with his own family he swam out to Toby and brought him back to shore. What this story does is eloquently expresses how a traumatic event can have lasting repercussions. In the normal narrative, the scary moment is over, everyone is relieved and life carries on but really it doesn’t. Even more so in this book because after the rescue, and a thank you meal, Marcus and Tessa can’t dislodge Dave from their lives. He keeps popping up and if that wasn’t bad enough for the remainder of the holiday, it becomes a whole lot worse on their return to the UK.
Of course even with the trauma Dave would not have made so many ripples if Marcus wasn’t taking risks in his business life and Tessa didn’t have secrets she most certainly didn’t want to be exposed. All of which makes for a reading experience that is very much like watching a slow motion car crash and then just as you think things can’t get any worse, or our couple can’t make a more stupid decision, it does and they do. When I say the tension rises, it does so almost imperceptibly at first until you turn the page and realise that your heart is pounding!
The characterisation is great, particularly Marcus and Tessa and the book wouldn’t have been so enjoyable if the author hadn’t pitched them as she has. Neither are outright unpleasant but they both do have traits of selfishness, smugness and a sense of entitlement but that’s not so unusual so in short, they are normal people living lives much like you or I or those you know and yet everything changed for them with one visit to the beach.
I love it when a book starts with a killer sentence to pull you in but what will stay with me with this book is the statement at the end… which is actually the underlying story condensed into something I haven’t been able to stop pondering since I finished reading Take Me In.
I’d like to thank the publisher Mulholland Books for allowing me to read a copy of Take Me In, something I was keen to do after having thoroughly enjoyed Sabine Durrant’s previous books. If by some chance you haven’t discovered her yet, you’re missing out.
First Published UK: 28 June 2018
Publisher: Mulholland Books
No of Pages: 352
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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21 thoughts on “Take Me In – Sabine Durrant”
The author certainly has a thing for Greece. I realised only after finishing this that she’s the author of Let Me Lie.
The characters are not likeable but they were done really well.
I still don’t get Deve tho, even after reading the whole story… 😂
I took that he was misunderstood…
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Sounds like a great read and what a brilliant review.
Thank you 😊
This title is on my ‘Must Read list for two reasons Cleo. #1 I am a Sabine Durrant fan. #2 I have the utmost respect for your opinions.
Oh, my, this sounds suspenseful, Cleo. I can just see how the story just creeps up on you as it goes on, so that you’re drawn in. And I like the Greek island setting for some of this, too. I must spotlight Sabine Durrant sometime; she’s talented.
I enjoyed Lie with Me, so I was eager to check out this one. I love the idea of that hanger-on who makes such deep inroads into the lives of the characters. A Good Samaritan you can’t really push away…but then again, you wish he would just disappear. I’ve known people like that. LOL.
Now I must read this one. Thanks for sharing.
Oooo I have just finished reviewing another novel set in Greece too!
This sounds like my kind of book Cleo!
Ohhh this book really catches my attention-even reading your review I felt the tension building! Yikes!!!!
It is a tension filled read!
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This is a fantastic review! You had me at the image of a a slow motion car crash!
Thank you so much Meggy – it is a brilliant read!
This sounds awesome! I think I want to read this book now. Thanks for the great review!
Fantastic review as always Cleo, I’ve read one of her others and really enjoyed it so tempted by this one! 🤔
This book sounds intriguing. Excellent review thanks.
Sounds great! I am quickly becoming a psychological thriller fan – I’ve read about 10 in the last year – do I qualify?
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