Written by Joy Pearson
Untangling the Webs is a page-turning suspense novel exploring the indomitability of the human spirit, following parallel lives of four women: two in their early forties, one in her sixties, and one of seventy-six – Alison (an unlucky-in-love interior designer), Julia (a beauty therapist married to her second husband), Trudie (a widowed stress counsellor) and Phoebe (an upper-middle class widow).
Though they have had diverse backgrounds and events in their lives, their bond is strong loyalty and unconditional loving support to friends with whom they are closest. The women must overcome conflicts, toxic behaviour, unexpected emotional shocks, treachery and grief. Having to show grit, and aided by the common thread of a close female `rock’, each one struggles on towards overcoming huge obstacles assailing them, untangling strong threads of mystery, intent on achieving joy again. Humour, wisdom, music, cats, a determined female stalker, are shared with the reader – the invisible privileged guest drawn ever deeper into the colourful characters’ lives. The relevance of the men in their lives is deeply explored and the story offers many riveting cliffhangers.
Lost letters found four years after Trudie’s married lover, Laurie, disappears without trace, offer a few clues, but a serendipitous discovery in a Cornish church reveals vital information, if Trudie is brave enough to act upon it. Alison has to deal with repercussions from unearthing vicar Henry’s and police inspector Phil’s mendacious betrayals, before meeting lovely Stephen. Her discovery of Julia’s brutish husband David’s deep secret, breaks the impasse of her friend’s stressful situation. Phoebe’s cossetted life appears idyllic, but her late husband’s previously out-of-bounds den holds a breathtaking shock, needing Alison’s help to solve the enigma.
Set in Cheshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall and the South of France, this debut novel captivates the reader with warm humanity through the author’s natural gift for storytelling.
A Lovely Warm Read!
This is the kind of book you can just sink into, indulge yourself and enjoy, from the first page to the last. Definitely an author worth following!
This novel follows the lives of four women in different stages of maturity; all with lives both behind them and all with the potential of giving so much more in the future. Their lives become intertwined through circumstances and, although it took me a bit in the beginning to get them straight in my mind, they each have their own traits, worries and cause for happiness.
It makes a lovely change not to be reading about young women in their 20s and 30s. Alison, Julie, Trudie and Phoebe have all had a past and are therefore much more interesting to read about. They value their friendships and there are a lot of shared confidences. Joy Pearson’s writing is faultless .. a beautifully flowing story with a good use of language and so very readable! I have wallowed in this novel, and really hope to read more from this author. A lovely warm read to intersperse with all the chilling thrillers in my kindle!
My thanks to the author for my copy; the decision to read and review – and the opinions given here – are entirely my own.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 321 pages
- Publisher: The Book Guild
- Publication Date: 25 April 2018
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- W. H. Smith
Meet the Author
Joy Pearson lives in Cheshire and has written scripts, serious poetry, amusing verse and her autobiography. A fund-raiser for several animal charities, she has, over the years, worked with families under stress, Shelter campaign for the homeless, and currently for Esther Rantzen’s Silver Line. An adoptee, having found her roots, she helps others voluntarily to find theirs. She is working on her second novel, the follow up to Untangling The Webs.