Carla Acheson

Historical Fiction Author

This review is based upon a pre-publication copy provided by the publisher via

‘Someone New’ is a well-structured story which covers strong relationship issues such as obsession and trust. It ultimately begs the question.. ‘Do we really know a person inside out?’

Young and attractive Grace unexpectedly finds happiness after ditching her intensely clingy ex and meeting the ‘new-agey’ and spiritually inspiring Danny McBride. But after just six weeks of their euphoric time together a tragic bike accident kills her perfect lover and Grace is left to pick up the pieces, as well as try to understand what exactly happened that fateful night.

Aside from Grace’s story we are given a parallel narrative from her sister Lucia, the enviably brilliant and organised career-woman whose life with her wealthy and handsome husband is already too perfect enough to change, or is it? Lucia’s story throws an interesting angle on the core value of the ‘perfect’ marriage and paves the way for some unexpected deep-rooted maternal desires to come to the fore.

Additionally, we also gain insight into the tangled emotions of Matt, the cop who is helping Grace with her subconscious fear that Danny’s death was not merely an accident. As Matt comes to learn more about Grace and her seemingly perfect late lover, he helps her to unveil secrets about him she would never have believed. Matt too is forced to confront his own insecurities about the woman he loves who is slowly slipping out of his grasp.

The unfolding plot in ’Someone New,’ evolves at a steady pace allowing the reader to come to know the characters and how their lives become entangled together as they work through their inner-most fears and desires.

I enjoyed reading this novel. I felt the writing style was fluid, easy to read, and the story held my attention throughout. Even though the characters were fictional they were well depicted enough to feel chillingly real.

4/5 stars.



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