‘Apple Of My Eye’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.
When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life â€“ from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months. As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eliâ€™s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future. Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother â€“ and stay a mother.
The story is seen through the narrative of Eliana Hughes, whoâ€™s finding her first pregnancy quite hard as well the pressures of her difficult job caring for patients in a hospice. But when she receives a strange note at work, Eliana begins to doubt everything that she felt was secure in her life and begins to look at her husband and friends in a different light.
Not only is the story seen through Eliana eyes but there is the inclusion of chapters seen from the perspective of a woman who never got over the death of her baby and this can occasionally make for sad reading.
I found this book to be an intriguing story, with Elianaâ€™s issues and the mysterious person torturing her. I particularly found Elianaâ€™s mother a difficult and uncomfortable character, she was controlling and suffocated her only daughter, even if she did think she was only doing what was best for Eliana.
The story flows at a fast pace and with it being set in Derry, was like a darker more intense episode of â€˜Derry Girlsâ€™!
Filled with drama, suspense and uncertainty that leaves the reader on their toes, â€˜Apple Of My Eyeâ€™ is a cleverly written and emotional story about a mothers love.
You can buy ‘Apple Of My Eye’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.