‘Merry Go Round’ by Sarah Toll is an enthralling and intriguing novel that puts the spotlight on how an abusive relationship can affect a person and their psyche.
Lily Montrose has endured a white-knuckle ride during her on-off affair with Nathaniel Deighton. She is sitting alone in a coffee shop when a brief but devastating call brings the whole thing to a crashing halt.
Fleeing her job and flat in London, she retreats to a farmstead on the shores of the North Devon coast to repair her broken spirit and regain her sense of self. Here she finds an unlikely soulmate in Adam, a somewhat homespun but handsome local with unexpected qualities.
As the months pass by, Lily begins to put her troubled past behind her and – despite harbouring the most intimate of secrets – her relationship with Adam deepens.
But when Nat suddenly resurfaces, the malevolent merry go round begins to revolve once again, revealing the ugly truths that lie deep within Lily and unleashing a chain of events that will threaten not only her sanity but everything she holds dear…
A book that I could not put down! I have been in dysfunctional relationships and could really relate to Lily and how she felt. Sally Toll had exquisitely described the emotions and feelings around being in, and escaping from one. Her characters are well developed, Lily for one, I could imagine being in her shoes easily and this made her all the more real. I wanted to sweep her up in a big hug and say everything would be fine. Then other times I wanted to shake her due to decisions she makes.
A book that I would say is a psychological thriller blended with a romance. The twists and turns make it like a merry go round for sure. A great debut and I look forward to this authors next book.
Thanks to Zoé of ZooLoo’s Book Tours and Sarah Toll for my gifted copy of the book.