EPONINE LOVES > "THE STOPPED HEART"

We are perpetual book swappers at Eponine. If one person enjoys a novel, before you know it, everyone is either reading it or in a queue to borrow it.

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson is our latest victim and we absolutely love it. It is chilling, moving, and utterly addictive.

 
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When Mary and Graham Coles move to a cottage on the edge of a countryside village in an attempt to heal from a deeply traumatic past, Mary starts to feel that they aren’t alone. She notices creaking doors, footsteps down the corridors, and children whispering. She even begins to see a man with a shock of red hair walking around her garden and through the village.

One hundred and fifty years earlier, outside the very same cottage, a terrible storm causes an oak tree to fall and land on man. This man, with a shock of red hair, is taken in by thirteen-year-old Eliza and her parents. They nurse him back to health but once he recovers, it becomes clear that has no intention of leaving.

 
Most addictive book ever: Jet sneaking in a few minutes on her kindle during the working day

Most addictive book ever: Jet sneaking in a few minutes on her kindle during the working day

 

Myseson expertly intertwines these two tales of profound loss, love, evil and longing. The Stopped Heart frightens you, moves you and keeps you absolutely locked to it for its duration.

Be prepared to turn into a hermit from the minute you start The Stopped Heart. It is genuinely impossible to put down. The great news is, it’s worth every inch of the outings you cancel.

Jet Shenkman