Eloise- a novel by Judy Finnigan

Monday 15 October 2012

“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 set against the stunning Gothic backdrop of Cornwall.

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 from WHSmith now.
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  • hi judy ihave just got your book and just to tell you its a very lovely read its hard to put down to do my house work well done


  • Couldn't put this book down its a real page turner. Read it from cover to cover today. Great writing!


  • This book should be a film or a tv drama. Great location lots of twists in the story. Couldn't put it down. Well done judy.


  • Amazing book. read it over two nights as i couldn't put it.down. Absolutely loved it and i am looking forward to reading more books from Judy!

    Elizabeth Rouse

  • Hi Judy, I really hope you are able to read this feedback as I wanted to let you know how fantastic your first novel is. I simply cannot put this book down and find myself sneaking off upstairs to read a few more pages. It truly is a wonderful book and cannot wait for your next book. And of course, the story is set in my most favourite place in the world - my beloved Cornwall. Best wishes x

    Louise Ibbotson

  • Just read Eloise, could not put in down, please do more X

    Anit Clayton

  • Hi Judy, Just wanted to say well done with your first novel. I read it in 5 hours couldn't put it down & loved the ghostly twists & turns & how sensitive & receptive some people are. I look forward to your next one. Also I enjoyed yours & Richard's choice of books in the book club revealing to me authors that I wouldn't of read. Thank-you & continue the good work. Pat

    Patricia Reader