‘I Looked Away’ by Jane Corry is a brilliantly, different, quirky thriller with numerous twists and turns. It is the third book I have read by Jane Corry and I will be seeking out any more, which appear.
The story is told in the first person by Ellie, who is a grandmother, and Jo, who is a homeless woman trying to find her way around. The narrative goes between the two of them from the seemingly chance meeting between the two at the beginning of the story, but it is not clear, until the final chapters, how their lives are intertwined and why.
The author tackles the homeless situation with clarity and compassion leaving the reader in no doubt how easy it can be for people to fall into this. I found the narrative surrounding homelessness clear and realistic, holding nothing back. This lifestyle was a stark contrast to the middle-class life of Ellie who dotes on her grandson.
My thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Books UK and Jane Corry for my ARC in return for an honest review.
Thoroughly enjoyable read, highly recommended