Best-selling Eloise goes paperback

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Judy’s debut novel, set against the Gothic backdrop of a ghostly Cornwall, became the fastest selling debut hardback of 2012. Now own the Sunday Times bestseller in paperback from 28th February 2013.

“Yesterday I almost saw her. I was standing on the sun deck, looking out to sea, revelling in the unexpected warmth of the February sun. A butterfly trembled on a nearby buddleia and suddenly I smelled her perfume. She wasn't there, of course. How could she be when I had seen her lying in her coffin just two weeks ago, the day before she was buried, her casket surrounded by the scented candles she loved? She lay in Cornish ground now. She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?"

Compulsively-readable and haunting, Judy’s debut novel is a gripping study of loss and grief.

Reviews for Eloise:

“Exudes a deep and soulful sense of place. Romantic and rain-lashed, du Maurier's Cornwall haunts the pages of Eloise as powerfully as the spirit of the elusive heroine herself. A stirring and intriguing read” (Louise Candlish)

“Judy Finnigan's gripping début novel captures the mystery and menace of Cornwall in glorious gothic style” (Liz Fenwick)

“Highly readable, incredibly moving in parts, and with wonderful echoes of Daphne Du Maurier, Eloise had me turning pages late into the night” (Dorothy Koomson)

“A moving meditation on grief, family bonds, motherhood and female friendship” (Sunday Express)

“A haunting, pacy page-turner, with a real ghostly feel - a must read” (Fabulous Magazine)

“Impressive debut” (Woman & Home)

“A great first book from the Queen of the Book Club” (Essentials)

“A creepy ghost story . . . the real star of the book is Judy's beloved Cornwall - a wild beautiful backdrop to the tale that is almost a character in itself” (Bella)

Buy Eloise in paperback from WHSmith now.
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  • Nearly finished the novel and must say have been gripped from the start. Exciting, haunting, a refreshing read. Always wanted to go to Cornwall and this novel has made me want to visit all the sooner. Well done Judy on your first novel. So looking forward to your next.

    Alison Brady

  • Amazing Book loved reading it ! Can't wait to read your next book Laura xx

    Laura Kingzett

  • Excellent book. Couldn't put it down, have never read a book in 3 days before. Highly recommended.


  • Took Eloise on holiday and could not put it down. Great book. Look forward to your next one.

    Kind regards


  • Hi judy took eloise on holiday with me and i read it in three days could not put it down a great read look forward to your next book a great fan Bridget.

    Bridget Parlby

  • Wonderful book about a woman's emotions and love for her family and friends. Totally lose yourself in this lovely haunting story based in beautiful Cornwall. Loved this book.

    Dee Mason