The Primrose Path

The Primrose Path Haunted by her past In danger from her present Isolated alone vulnerable Sometimes the danger is closer than you think As a teenager Sarah D Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her

  • Title: The Primrose Path
  • Author: Rebecca Griffiths
  • ISBN: 9780751561975
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haunted by her past In danger from her present Isolated, alone, vulnerable Sometimes the danger is closer than you think As a teenager, Sarah D Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days The case became notorious, with Sarah s face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country Now, seventeen years later, that man isHaunted by her past In danger from her present Isolated, alone, vulnerable Sometimes the danger is closer than you think As a teenager, Sarah D Villez famously escaped a man who abducted and held her hostage for eleven days The case became notorious, with Sarah s face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah decides to flee to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she s gone Settling into the small community she is now part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her Someone who seems to know everything about her The Primrose Path is a tense, twisty, atmospheric suspense thriller that will make sure you leave all your lights on at night.

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    1. My expectations for The Primrose Path were quite high, based purely on the rather intriguing summary, as I'd not heard much about it. The book's atmosphere does live up to that slightly eerie cover and the anticipated story, however, I found it quite slow paced and plodding at times, that I took me a fairly long while to get through it. I did find the characters well developed, even though I disliked every one of them (okay, Dai and Mrs. Pepper were fine). The twist the story was working towards [...]

    2. The Primrose Path is a twisty delight of a tale, brilliantly constructed, highly addictive and with some great characters and a winding beautifully written plot that is really engaging.So you've got Sarah (Or Rachel as she now calls herself) running away from her past and finding a new life in a small Welsh community. Making new friends, trying to leave the horror behind, it seems idyllic. But a difficult neighbour and a string of murders in a nearby town threaten to spoil the new life she is tr [...]

    3. This book is very intriguing from the quite shocking opening chapter.From there, the book sends you into a wonderful, dreamy and well-written story. The pace is a what I would call a nice canter. Don't get me wrong, even with the mellow pace to start, it never once averted my attention. It is so cleverly written. The writing, the plot, and the whole balance made it such a pleasure to read. Strong characters and some wonderful use of written welsh dialogue added to the whole atmosphere and experi [...]

    4. The first section of this book - simply titled "50 years before" - is a challenging read. Dark and quite nasty, it does manage to set a tone for this book of lurking evil. However even in this section and for the whole of the book, I found it very readable. The voices vary in the chapters however it was always clear to me who it was I was reading about. This story is set around Sarah, known as Rachel, who had been abducted in a high profile case some years earlier. She learns that her abductor i [...]

    5. The Primrose Path was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. The characters come to life in a community so real I had the the sense of being a part of it. I have recently read 'The Black Eyed Susans' which is also a dark psychological thriller but I much preferred the suspense and atmosphere of the 'The Primrose Path'. It is a brilliantly written book and I can't wait to read more from this talented author.

    6. Reviewed on snazzybooks. The Primrose Path begins as a fairly slow burner of a story and, bit by bit, develops into a really page turner, filled with mystery and suspense and that slow realisation that nothing is quite as it seems. The synopsis makes it sound like it's all about the crime that happened to Sarah, but actually the story is about so much more than just that, and not at all like the many other crime/ thriller novels out at the moment about missing people.The writing in this novel is [...]

    7. Wow what a wonderfully twisty tale this book is! It is a beautifully written, dark and totally atmospheric story full of the most wonderful characters! I have become so absorbed in the Welsh countryside that I felt like I was almost there on the hillsides with the sheep and the most gorgeously described border collie. This book is going to be quite a bestseller for Rebecca Griffiths I think and definitely one to watch out for.The story starts off fifty years ago with a very shocking family secre [...]

    8. I must admit I was a little dubious as to whether I'd like this book. The back cover said "for fans of "I Let You Go" -which I really enjoyed- & "Black-EyedSusans" - which I really didn't like at all - thankfully this fell into the former category as I loved it! From the opening - the rather brutal "Fifty Years Before" - this book had me totally engrossed. The characters are all credible & well written, from the sleazy Idris (I could nearly smell him ugh!) to the rather mysterious Mrs Pe [...]

    9. Rebecca Griffiths groeide op in Wales. Na een succesvolle carrière in Londen, Dublin en Schotland, keerde ze hier weer terug. Met Het verkeerde pad heeft ze haar debuut geschreven.Een boek dat al vrij snel, onlangs in Nederland verscheen, met dezelfde cover als in de auteur haar thuisland.Sarah is als tiener ontvoerd en elf dagen vast gehouden. Ze wist destijds aan haar ontvoerder te ontkomen. Nu, jaren later, komt haar ontvoerder vrij en Sara, woonachtig in Londen, slaat bij het horen van dit [...]

    10. To start with I enjoyed this book, it made me think and kept me guessing, but then it seemed to turn a bit messy and opened up a lot of questions that I assumed would be answered by the end but as it turns out they weren't. (There's always the chance that the following questions were answered in the book and I just didn't catch it, in which case, soz Griffiths!)Millions of spoilers from here:1. As it turns out in Beth's interview with the press, and later in Rachel/Sarah's own narrative, the who [...]

    11. As a teenager, Sarah D’Villez was kidnapped and held hostage for 11 days. She escaped. At the time the story was big in the media and made the headlines in all of the newspapers. The kidnapper was caught and jailed but he is due for release. To escape the renewed press interest she moves to Wales under a new name & identity. However in her new surroundings someone is watching Sarah and this someone knows all about her and the case. This book opens with a shocking scene, which took place 50 [...]

    12. Such a fantastic thriller! Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, The Primrose Path threw so many unexpected twists at the reader—twists which made me incapable of putting the book down. Dark, well-plotted and absolutely mesmerising, this was one of the best psychological thrillers I have had the pleasure of reading. Griffiths is a wonderful storyteller: the prose was so gorgeously descriptive that I really could imagine myself in the centre of all the action. I look forward to [...]

    13. A beautifully written book, starts slow but builds up and draws you in with its strong characters and surprising ending!!

    14. With thanks to Rebecca Griffiths and Sphere, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest reviewSomebody's watching her. And they know she's alone.When Sarah D'Villez was nineteen, she was kidnapped and held hostage for eleven days but famously escaped her abductor. The case became infamous with Sarah's face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country.Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow [...]

    15. A good solid debut novel with a great plot twist. I always like to guess early on, who did what and I was way of the mark with this one! This book is an odd one though, for the most part, I was reading along, enjoying the mellow pace, waiting, waiting, waiting for that dramatic revelation, the suspense slowly buildingnding I didn't really like any of the characters, they all seemed a bit dull, yet I wasn't put off and actively wanted to keep reading.Then the plot twist, kudos to the author, I th [...]

    16. This is a fantastic debut novel. It's an intriguing tale with so many twists and turns - I really didn't see them coming! A wonderfully descriptive read, conjuring up so well the close-knit (and often claustrophobic) Welsh community in which it's set. I read this in almost record time as I couldn't wait to see what happened next and who really 'dunnit' - it was (to coin a phrase), "unputdownable". Knowing the area in which the book is set and reading the familiar place names made it extra specia [...]

    17. Was lucky enough to be given a free copy of this book - it isn't published until late March. And although I don't usually go in for this genre much, I thoroughly enjoyed The Primrose Path. Atmospheric and sensitively written, it held me from the first page (and sometimes made me cry), with its wonderful descriptions of the Welsh countryside and the cast of creepy villagers er, that Idris Tudor character made me want to wash my hands! And there is a massive twist (well, more than one) I didn't s [...]

    18. I don't read a huge amount of psychological thrillers, but I was extremely impressed by this one. Rebecca Griffiths cunningly leads the reader in a certain direction before the realisation hits you that everything you thought the novel was actually about is actually something completely different! I was stunned, not only with the plot's twists and turns but also the author's ingenuity and very clever writing.Something else I loved about this book was the way the Welsh countryside is depicted - G [...]

    19. The Primrose Path is the story of a woman who was abducted by a rapist and held prisoner for 11 days when she was 19, only escaping when her attacker's crimes were discovered by his wife, whom he then murdered in a fit of rage. Now in her 30s, Sarah has inherited some money from her beloved father and, upon learning John Blundell is about to be released from prison, she dyes her blonde hair brown, changes her name to Rachel and moves to rural Wales to start a new life, without telling even her m [...]

    20. Listened to in audio format.The Primrose Path has two strands to the story. Sarah D'Villez was kidnapped as a teenager and kept hostage for 11 days. Seventeen years later she is divorced from her husband and her only daughter is living with him in America. When Sarah finds out her kidnapper is about to be released from prison she runs away to Wales and changes her name to Rachel. We also get the POV from Sarah's mother Jennifer and their difficult relationship.In Wales Rachel moves into a lovely [...]

    21. Review originally published here: girlwithherheadinabook/2I read this in the spirit of trying new things – I don’t read a lot of crime fiction and the premise sounded intriguing. The central character is Sarah D’Villez, who was abducted aged nineteen and held for eleven days before being set free. Her abductor also killed his wife and after seventeen years in prison, he is due for release. Sarah disappears, afraid to face the press again. The other story-line centres around her mother who [...]

    22. I LOVED this book!!!! If I could give The Primrose Path more stars then I would. Dark, disturbing and utterly brilliant this book is fast paced, flows beautifully and was one that I did not want to put down. Rebecca Griffiths is a very talented author, her writing style is exceptional! She had brought her characters to life so well, especially the despicable Idris Tudor. A vile evil man who I could picture in my head, could see him, practically smell him. The same goes for the setting, beautiful [...]

    23. There was some good writing in this book but the plot was muddled and raised far more questions than it answered. The sub-plots (the seaside town murders, Sarah/Rachel's poor relationship with her mother) were never properly developed. In particular,seaside town murders weren't linked into the main plot and the discovery of the real killer was something of a throw away with no explanation of the murderer's motives or of the reasons for including this in the story. The central denouement was simi [...]

    24. The Primrose Path What a fab read! Once started, couldn't put it down. The descriptions of the Welsh countryside were so vivid and the twist in the plot, so unexpected. Looking forward to the author's next novel.

    25. If you live in Wales you will appreciate Rebecca's beautiful descriptions of the landscape as they are so accurate. A thoroughly enjoyable read with interesting characters who you come to love or hate. Watch out for the twists!

    26. It's hard to believe that this could be a first novel for Rebecca Griffiths. I can't wait for more. There are unexpected twists and turns, and you think you can trust a character absolutely when you find yourself starting to suspect them of sinister intentions - and I'm talking about several characters. It is incredibly clever stuff. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mysteries and thrillers.

    27. Omg what a story! I was a blubbering mess at the end!!! Absolutely loved it. This book holds you in suspense right til the end. If you think you know you don’t! Twists and turns, absolutely loved it. I’ll be recommending it to friends and family and eagerly waiting her next book.

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