Some friendships are made to be broken.
Cornwall, summer of 1986.
The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…
Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.
The Cliff House is a story of loss, obsession and longing. This story perfectly embodies the age old belief that the grass is greener on the other side and how this sense of longing and envy can turn into a bitter and dangerous pursuit for more.
The writing is excellent and really atmospheric. You can so clearly picture the Cornish seaside and the lives that our characters are living. Jennings fully immerses you in their world and makes you feel like an observer of what will become a tense unraveling of one family that appear to have it all.
The characters are really strong and really get under your skin. I didn't necessarily like any of them in a particular way but I don't think that was what Jennings was trying to accomplish. She introduced us to enigmatic and complex characters who brought their own angle to the story.
The first half of the book is a little slow and repetitive at times and you feel like you're going through the same motions over and over again. However, the story does pick up its pace and goes from 0 - 90 very quickly!
If you're looking for a tense, enigmatic and dark story than this is definitely worth a read. It isn't perfect but I still enjoyed it and loved the writing, so I will definitely be reading more from Jennings in the future.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
"Edie's life was dipped in gold. How could she ever understand?”
Not sure I can choose one for this book. They were all strong in their own ways and brought something to the story but I didn't feel drawn to anyone in particular.