Hidden within the confines of the Royal Institute of Prehistorical Studies, Sybil is happy enough with her work – and her love life. Then to her dismay, her old adversary, assertive and glamorous Helen Hansen, is appointed Head of Trustees. To add insult, Helen promptly seduces Sybil’s boyfriend. Betrayed and broken-hearted, Sybil becomes obsessed with exposing Helen as a fraud, no matter the cost.
Ruth Thomas is the author of three short story collections and two novels, as well as many short stories which have been anthologised and broadcast on the BBC. The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line is her third novel. Her writing has won and been shortlisted for various prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the VS Pritchett Prize, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Edinburgh and is currently an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.
A slow moving, gentle novel that charts the love, loss and heartbreak of a woman thwarted by her old nemesis. She is a woman that appears be everything that Sybil is not. This follows Sybils determination to expose Helen for who she really is.
This is a nice, gentle book and although not quite what I expected, it is none the less an enjoyable and uncomplicated read. It’s not heavy in reading content so can easily be read in one sitting.
I don’t read much of what is classed as women’s fiction. If you are a big fan I think it’s likely to be your cup of tea. A lovely read. Thanks to Sandstone Press and the author for this arc.