The Woman in the Wood – Lesley Pearse*

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse Book Cover

The Woman in the Wood Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .

One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.

It’s not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.

The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn’t come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.

When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.”

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I’ve read lots of Lesley Pearse novels over the years, ever since I read Remember Me as a teenager I’ve been hooked. However, I haven’t really been interested in any of her novels set in more recent time periods so this was a bit of a first for me and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

What I loved about it

Despite the time period the story soon fell into one of unputdownable suspense like most Lesley Pearse novels, I just don’t know how she does it. I found myself gripped from the first few chapters and I ended up finishing it in record time. If I’m picking a book up during my lunch hour that’s usually the sign of a good book for me.

I love the layers to Lesley’s novels. You obviously have the main plot line but running alongside are often many “subplots” and layers of discovery. I particularly enjoyed the “coming of age” plotline for Maisy. it was thoughtfully done and very relatable.

What I loathed about it

Nothing to loathe here, the book dealt with a lot more brutal and sinister plotlines than I was used to and so it didn’t feel as much like a Lesley Pearse novel as I would have liked but it was enjoyable despite this.

The time period didn’t cause me any issues in regards to enjoyment, it’s just not a big favourite of mine. The setting and pace reminded me of the TV series Endeavour (which I do love btw!) it’s just never going to be a fav, I would read another though if the storyline was as gripping as this.


Full of drama, full of suspense, I couldn’t have asked for more!

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase The Woman in the Wood on Amazon today



* Book provided FOC in exchange for an honest and fair review



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