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Eloise

What secrets did she take to her grave?

By Judy Finnigan

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She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave? Compulsively-readable and haunting, this is the debut novel from Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
FROM THE QUEEN OF BOOK CLUB FICTION

'Romantic and rain-lashed. . . a stirring and intriguing read.'
Louise Candlish

'Gripping . . . captures the mystery and menace of Cornwall in glorious gothic style.'
Liz Fenwick

'Highly readable, incredibly moving . . . Eloise had me turning pages late into the night.'
Dorothy Koomson

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?

After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.

With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.

Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explore Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.

Compulsively-readable and incredibly haunting, this is the worldwide bestselling novel from broadcaster, journalist and Book Club champion, Judy Finnigan.

Praise for Eloise and Judy Finnigan:

'A moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship.' Sunday Express
'A haunting, pacy page-turner, with a real ghostly feel - a must read.' Fabulous Magazine
'Impressive debut.' Woman & Home
'A great first book from the Queen of the Book Club.' Essentials
'A warm and promising debut.' Daily Mail
'Judy deserves to be taken seriously as a writer of thoughtful, descriptive fiction.' Choice
'The kind of book you shouldn't start if you don't want to stay up all night.' Western Daily Press
'Haunting thriller.' Cornwall Today
'Atmospheric, creepy and original, Judy has written a blinder of a first novel.' Sun
'An assured first novel.' Choice magazine
'Keeps you guessing.' Sidmouth Herald
'Kept me glued to the pages until the very end.' Jersey Evening Post
'An absorbing, thought-provoking tale of family skeletons, betrayal and the enduring spirit of friendship.' Good Book Guide

Biographical Notes

Judy Finnigan is an author, television presenter and columnist. In 2004, Judy's name became synonymous with discovering and sharing great fiction, through the Richard and Judy Book Club, where authors including Kate Mosse, Rosamund Lupton and Victoria Hislop were championed and brought to the attention of millions of readers. This is her first novel.

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  • ISBN: 9780751548600
  • Publication date: 28 Feb 2013
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Sphere
Atmospheric, creepy and original, Judy has written a blinder of a first novel — Sun
Exudes a deep and soulful sense of place. Romantic and rain-lashed, du Maurier's Cornwall haunts the pages of Eloise as powerfully as the spirit of the elusive heroine herself. A stirring and intriguing read — Louise Candlish
Judy Finnigan's gripping début novel captures the mystery and menace of Cornwall in glorious gothic style — Liz Fenwick
Highly readable, incredibly moving in parts, and with wonderful echoes of Daphne Du Maurier, Eloise had me turning pages late into the night — Dorothy Koomson
A moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship — Sunday Express
A haunting, pacy page-turner, with a real ghostly feel - a must read — Fabulous Magazine
Impressive debut — Woman & Home
A great first book from the Queen of the Book Club — Essentials
A creepy ghost story . . . the real star of the book is Judy's beloved Cornwall - a wild beautiful backdrop to the tale that is almost a character in itself — Bella
[Eloise] has a life of its own thanks to Finnigan's lack of pretension, light touch and obvious passion for the Cornish landscape, which is so lovingly described it's almost a character in its own right. A warm and promising debut — Daily Mail
Having run a wildly successful book club, championing new fiction, it was perhaps inevitable that Judy Finnigan should turn her hand to novel-writing. Eloise has nods to Daphne du Maurier and Emily Brontë in its vividly evoked Cornwall setting and story of a woman haunted in her dreams by the best friend who died of cancer. No vanity project this, Judy deserves to be taken seriously as a writer of thoughtful, descriptive fiction — Choice
Haunting thriller — Cornwall Today
An assured first novel — Choice magazine
An absorbing, thought-provoking tale of family skeletons, betrayal and the enduring spirit of friendship — Good Book Guide
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