Greenwich Park has been on my radar for quite a while now and I was so excited to dive between the pages. I can tell you now that I was not disappointed. It is a thrilling and fast-paced read that had me gripped from beginning to end.
The story centres mainly around Helen. Pregnant with her longed-for baby, she goes to an antenatal class in a warm and muggy room above a bar. She’s alone (her husband, Daniel, and her brother and sister-in-law, Rory and Serena, have stood her up) and so when Rachel, also alone, gravitates towards her, Helen finds herself with a brand new friend.
We know from the synopsis that Rachel turns out to be a nightmare but the reasons why are only revealed gradually as the story unfolds. I thought Katherine Faulkner did an amazing job plotting this book and as Rachel insinuates herself deeper into Helen’s life and we also hear from Serena and Katie, a friend of both couples, I honestly didn’t know who to trust. It’s clear that something isn’t right but I was left guessing all the way through, via a few good twists and turns.
This is a brilliant story and an impressive debut. It’s a psychological thriller and a really well-drawn example of the genre, but it’s also about women and that time running up to the birth of a baby, a kind of limbo-land when you’re just waiting and potentially quite vulnerable. It’s full of tension and suspense and I was hooked all the way through. For me the pace never let up and the underlying sense of foreboding was ever-present. I really enjoyed my thrilling visit to Greenwich Park.
Reviewed by Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes
Published by Raven Books (15 April 2021)
Hardback, ISBN 978-1526626325