#mrsbloggsbooks The Man in The Needlecord Jacket by Linda McDonald @LindaMac1 #TheManInTheNeedlecordJacket #BookReview

Source: My own copy

• Publication date: 24 Mar 2017

• Publisher: Matador

• Language: English


I was first aware of this book when I read a review by fellow blogger Kate of The Quiet Knitter book blog. The book sounded interesting and intriguing and really my kind of thing. Great cover too!

It’s the first book I’ve read by the author and although there are others in the series, as I’ve discovered, this can be read as a stand-alone.

The characters in this novel are mature and middle aged and a refreshing change from reading about the lives and loves of much younger people as depicted in many contemporary novels, including crime fiction,

The author writes with a sensitivity and understanding of the lives and problems of people of a ‘certain age’.

That’s not to say that people of any age wouldn’t enjoy the book too. After a while, although age is referred to as are the problems faced by middle aged people, the story is so interesting that I just thought of them as people, rather than characters in a certain age group.

Told from the perspective of two women whose only commonality is that both are in a relationship with Coll, a charismatic artist.

Sarah is Coll’s wife and is on the whole treated very badly by him. He manipulates and controls her and her confidence has been eroded and damaged by his emotional abuse both in his treatment of her and his constant affairs with other women.

Felicity owns a restaurant and is trying to revive a failed marriage after her affair with another man led to an estrangement from her husband by him and latterly because of her behaviour, her family. Along comes a charming man Coll who wants to display his art on her restaurant walls.

Felicity and Coll embark on a relationship and the consequences of this rebound and affect everyone involved.

It’s a character driven insightful novel and Linda MacDonald is obviously a master at writing about the lives of seemingly ordinary people and making the story fascinating.

I was well and truly hooked into the lives of them all.

Superb read and all the stars from me.

I will definitely be reading more of the author’s books

To Purchase on Amazon UK

About The Author

Linda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.

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