I am delighted to be today’s stop on Hayley Mitchell’s Because I Was Lonely blog tour! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend you add it to your reading list.
Publisher: RedDoor Publishing (2nd March 2017)
The first three pages of this novel are terrifying! I think my heart practically stopped at one point. It certainly grabbed my attention from the get go and I found myself fully immersed in this story from start to end.
The story is told from multiple viewpoints, but mostly from Rachel’s and Adam’s.
Rachel is a stay-at-home mother of two children, Maisie and Jamie. She thoroughly enjoyed motherhood when Maisie was born, but has found things more difficult since having Jamie. She is suffering from postnatal depression at the same time as grieving for her mother, who passed away whilst she was pregnant. This is a very raw and honest account of what must an horrendous thing to go through. Rachel is married to David and David doesn’t seem to know what to do with Rachel other than take her to the doctors, who just seem to keep fobbing them off. His answer to the problem is to stay later at work or stop at the pub for a pint to delay going home. He also sleeps in his study as Rachel doesn’t sleep well and he only seems to aggravate her with his presence. It isn’t long before David’s head is turned by a young barmaid at the pub.
Adam is a stay-at-home Dad. He has been for four years, since his parents died in a car crash. He was the one driving the car and he’s never forgiven himself, even though it wasn’t his fault. He has older children and is married to Julia. Julia is very ambitious and works away during the week. She has also struggled to cope with Adam’s mental health issues. He suffers from severe anxiety and has developed OCD. This puts serious limitations on his life and as a result he spends a lot of time confined to their house. Facebook becomes his lifeline and he takes some comfort in, what he considers, harmless flirting with women he chats to on there. When he comes across Rachel’s profile he sends her a friend request. He always had a thing for Rachel at college and has always regretted not taking things further at the time. They were good friends, but it never went beyond that.
Once Rachel and Adam start chatting via Facebook messenger, things soon start to be become flirty. Rachel is flattered by the attention, given that David pays her very little, and Adam is swept along with the fantasy of the Rachel he used to know, his biggest regret. Their conversations become quite steamy! They are extremely risky conversations for two married people to be having and they almost become an addiction for them both. They seem to help each other through their monotonous days. Are they worth risking everything for though?
David and Julia have their suspicions, but neither can access the Facebook accounts to confirm their suspicions. They are both aware that they could have done more to support their spouses and hope to make up for it in future, but is it too late?
Because I Was Lonely is an excellent debut novel, brilliantly written with very real characters with very real lives and problems. I can’t say I particularly liked any of the characters (and I certainly don’t condone any kind of infidelity), but they had my sympathy (all for different reasons) and I was fascinated by their stories.
A story of love, loss, loneliness and wonder about if the grass might just be greener…..
I’d love to know what happened next!
Many thanks to the author and Anna, at RedDoor Publishing, for my advance paperback copy of Because I Was Lonely. I will be more than happy to recommend!
Many thanks also, for allowing me to a part of this fabulous blog tour 🙂
Meet Rachel. She is caught in a spiral of endless crying, dirty nappies, and sleepless nights. She fears for her sanity and the safety of her children.
Meet Adam. Suffering from the pain and trauma of a terrible accident that he blames himself for, he stays at home, unable to bring himself to leave the house.
So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their long lost friendship online, what starts as a little harmless flirtation, soon becomes an unhealthy obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.
Four lonely people . Two unhappy marriages . One dangerous, but inevitable climax.
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