The Girl in the Van by Helen Matthews

4 Stars from me

It is with great delight that I share my post on the opening day of the blog tour for The Girl in the Van.

Author, Helen Matthews, has created a highly charged and highly atmospheric world in The Girl in the Van where cleverly timed shock factors rock the storyline.

The book follows the storylines of Ellie, Miriana and Laura, featuring the modern day horrors of the drug world – though less trainspotting, more Granchester.

Laura, our main lead character, is so relatable and easy to connect with. The idea of the singles holiday is so beautifully captured – the vulnerability of all concerned is really quite lovely.

But for poor Laura, who some might say has already suffered enough, the ever so slightly awkward singles holiday seems to linger into her everyday life, with disastrous consequences.

Featuring some outstanding standalone characters, The Girl in the Van is a book that offers a lot to its audience and is one that I greatly enjoyed reading.

Blurb: A tormented mother. An abandoned girl. A deadly game of survival.

What happened to Ellie? 

Traumatised by events, Ellie’s mother, Laura, can’t bear to stay in the Welsh seaside town where she lives with her partner, Gareth. She escapes to London, breaking all ties with him, and refusing to tell anyone her new address. 

After two years of living alone and working in a mundane job, Laura buys an old campervan and joins a singles holiday. Here, she meets Miriana, a teenage girl who bears a chilling resemblance to Ellie. As Laura uncovers Miriana’s story, she’s shocked by the parallels to her own life.

But stories can be dangerous, and someone out there will stop at nothing to prevent the truth about Ellie from coming out…


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