Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Favour by Laura Vaughan.
Big thanks to the fabulous Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour.
Fortune favours the fraud…
When she was thirteen years old, Ada Howell lost not just her father, but the life she felt she was destined to lead. Now, at eighteen, Ada is given a second chance when her wealthy godmother gifts her with an extravagant art history trip to Italy.
In the palazzos of Venice, the cathedrals of Florence and the villas of Rome, she finally finds herself among the kind of people she aspires to be: sophisticated, cultured, privileged. Ada does everything in her power to prove she is one of them. And when a member of the group dies in suspicious circumstances, she seizes the opportunity to permanently bind herself to this gilded set.
But everything hidden must eventually surface, and when it does, Ada discovers she’s been keeping a far darker secret than she could ever have imagined…
What Did I Think?
Have you ever done someone a favour for purely selfish reasons? Have you ever kept a secret for someone with self interest being your reason? We probably all have to some extent, if we really think about. Ada definitely has. She wants the life that her father’s reputation would have given her, the one that she wasn’t destined to get now he had gone. Enter stage left fairy godmother Delilah with the offer of a lifetime. A trip to Italy – oh I’d have loved that at 18, just before going to university. And this trip changes Ada and her life.
I didn’t know what to make of Ada. Over the course of the book, she changes. She starts out as this innocent introvert teenager but as the story goes along, she becomes manipulative and bitchy, a self confident young woman but borderline arrogant which I personally started t dislike. Her relationship with the other Dilettantis also changes over the course of the book but I don’t want to go into that too much #nospoilers.
This tense thriller played out over a number of years shows the determination of one individual trying to maintain a friendship through secrets. Will Ada be found out? Will her loyalty be worth it? As I followed Ada through this, I wasn’t sure which way I was going to be led. I felt like I had a vague roadmap to the end but with each chapter my roadmap changed before my eyes with the landscape altering. Was this Ada’s doing through her actions or was something at play? Vaughan’s first step in to adult fiction is an interesting one. I was gripped to find out where my ever-changing route was going to lead me and it was not a destination I would have guessed!!
Who Is Laura Vaughan?
Laura Vaughan grew up in rural Wales, and studied Art History in Italy and Classics at Bristol and Oxford. She got her first book deal aged twenty-two and went on to write eleven books for children and young adults. She lives in South London with her husband and two children. The Favour is her first novel for adults.