Best friends from work May, Lara and Clare are desperate for some time away. They have each had a rough time of it lately and need some serious R & R. So they set off to a luxurious spa for ten glorious days, but when they arrive at their destination, it seems it is not the place they though it was. In fact, they appear to have come to entirely the wrong village…
Here in Ren Dullem nothing is quite what is seems; the lovely cobbled streets and picturesque cottages hide a secret the villages have been keeping hidden for years. Why is everyone so unfriendly and suspicious? Why does the landlord of their holiday rental seem so rude? And why are there so few women in the village?
Despite the strange atmosphere, the three friends are determined to make the best of it. But will this be the break they all need? Or will the odd little village with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point?
Before I give my honest opinion of Its Raining Men, I would just like to personally thank Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a review copy of the novel, and also thank you to the wonderful author Milly Johnson who is just a delight to talk to on Twitter.
Within the first three chapters, we are introduced to May, Lara and Clare – three women who all work for the same company, but never have the chance to have a proper girls day. Milly (that’s the author) is very clever with hinting as to what will happen later on in the narrative which allows the readers to be drawn in – and I certainly was! The three females are highly relatable, as they have troubles with men. Don’t we all? Yet, that doesn’t stop them from having an absolute blast on holiday. These three women are independent, successful and friendly – can I be friends with them?
As the readers are brought into the mysterious village of Ren Dullem, we learn about the history as and when the characters learn. This allows the narrative to have a calming pace to it, and I did in fact, at several points, think I was on holiday! There are a million questions swirling around Lara, May and Clare’s heads but will they receive the answers they deserve?
Milly has added another storyline to the plot which I was confused about at first, I couldn’t figure out how the character of Joan had anything to do with the village – but then it clicked! What a bitch! She’s evil. Readers, watch your back with that one! As the narrative reaches the climax, the two storylines gel as one and it is an emotional yet spectacular ending that the novel deserves.
I really enjoyed reading It’s Raining Men, and on the 1st August, it can be yours to own!
You can find the author on Twitter: millyjohnson
Review by Emma Louise