One of my reads this summer was another different read for me – Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend. I’m quite new to psychological thrillers and they don’t usually interest me but I’m always game for trying new reads…
A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche. As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.
Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.
As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.
The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?
Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.
About the author
Tracey is a novelist, poet and fine artist. She has been writing since she was a child and often performed her poems standing on a bench in the school playground. Inevitably, she didn’t quite ‘fit in’ at school.
Her books are The Last Time We Saw Marion, (2014, Inspired Quill) Of His Bones (stand-alone sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, 2017, Inspired Quill) and The Eliza Doll (2016, Wild Pressed Books). Another Rebecca was originally published by Inspired Quill in 2015, and is to be re-released by Wild Pressed Books in September 2018.
Tracey is the mother of four grown children. She spends a lot of time travelling in their camper van with her husband, Phil, their two rescue dogs Luna and Pixie and the cat, Pheoby.
A tricky one to review as I don’t want to spoil the story – I loved the book; the twists and turns the story takes and every page feeds you a little bit more and keeps you wanting more until the very end. I don’t read psychological thrillers very often as they aren’t my favourite read, however, I was completely absorbed by the story and this is a fantastic read, I thoroughly recommend it.