Having read Escape, I had to see the gripping story come to full circle, so The Search went to the top of my list as soon as it became available. I ended up enjoying it even more.
While Escape serves its genre well, being a tad too dark for my taste, The Search goes beyond that, exploring the conflicting emotions of more than one characters. Both Penny and Olly are very well drawn, their sparring enticing and their emotional clashes perfectly timed, never going overboard. I admired Penny’s resolve and strength, striving to find life-altering answers, carefully choosing allies in an environment whose foreignness makes her task truly daunting.
But what particularly draws me to C. H. Little’s stories is her rendering of the setting. Two novellas, and I feel I’ve been in Menorca. It’s not so much that I see it as much as I sense it. I’m not talking about lengthy, tourist-guid-y descriptions here, but about the author’s ability to brand the locations through hues and colors, painting vivid pictures, and that—especially in a thriller—is a huge plus point.
Now that both books are out, I strongly suggest you treat yourself to a sinister trip to magical Menorca. It will both mesmerize and haunt you.
About the Author
C. H. Little was born in Durham, England, but moved with her family at the age of seven to St Helens in the North West of England. Her parents were both teachers, and she grew up in a world surrounded by books. At school she developed a passion for writing and her favourite lesson was English Literature. She attended Hull University from 1994-1997, where she studied a Joint degree in English Literature and Drama. In 1999 she trained as a teacher at Liverpool University and qualified as a high school teacher in 2001. She has been teaching English at a girls’ high school in Manchester for the last eleven years, but loves to write in her spare time. In 2001 she met her husband Marc through some friends, and they went on to marry in 2006. They now live in Warrington in the North West of England with their two children, Daniel and Amy.
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