Wish Her Safe At Home; Stephen Benatar
It is the 1980's and Rachel Waring is a middle-aged woman with a life no one would envy. She lives in London with an awful roommate, she's stuck in a dead end job, has never married, and her parents have died. Imagine Rachel's surprise when she learns she has inherited an old but beautiful mansion in Bristol from a great aunt.
When she sees the place, she decides she has nothing to lose by packing up her things, leaving her dead end job and moving to Bristol. She thinks that things have to improve, and that maybe this is just what she needs to change her image and change her life. It doesn't take too long for things to take a downward slide once she moves to Bristol. She begins to do some research on a former occupant of the mansion from the 18th century, and she purchases a painting of who she believes is the former occupant, and begins to call him her housemate.
MY THOUGHTS: The author, Stephen Benatar, did an amazing job getting inside Rachel Waring's head. The writing is terrific. The story is told from Rachel's point of view, as she is slipping into a happy kind of madness. I really like Rachel, and felt sorry for her. To me, Rachel was like that neighbor or coworker we all may have run into at some point in our lives: quirky, socially inept --everyone else seemed to see Rachel as rather pathetic, yet harmless, but Rachel was oblivious to how others responded. I loved the story itself; it was very different from anything I've read lately. I was never really sure when an event was actually happening or just taking place inside of Rachel's head. I might have rated this book a bit higher, but I found parts of the story seemed to drag, even though the book was only 263 pages. Despite this, I feel the book was a worthwhile read and I am glad that I read it. RECOMMENDED (4/5 stars)
(Review copy received through the Amazon Vine program)