Un­der the Sun (Pan Macmil­lan), by Lot­tie Mog­gach

Paradise - - Living -

This, the au­thor’s sec­ond novel, fol­lows her crit­i­cally ac­claimed de­but novel, Kiss Me First.

Un­der the Sun has been de­scribed as ur­gent, grip­ping and bril­liantly ob­served, and while this might be a work of fic­tion some of the themes within it – heart­break, iden­tity, mi­gra­tion and find­ing a place to call home – have places in many of our lives.

The story’s main char­ac­ter, Anna, leaves her small but per­fect Lon­don flat, her job as a graphic de­signer, and her friends to em­bark on a new life. She’s fallen in love with an artist. Her new per­fect world in­cludes ren­o­vat­ing a finca (Span­ish farm­house).

But three years later the dream has shat­tered. At the low­est point of the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis, Anna is left alone in Spain – with a finca she can’t sell. With few op­tions she takes up run­ning a bar for English ex­pats, many of them also try­ing to go home. When a lo­cal busi­ness­man asks to rent the

finca on a long lease, Anna wonders if this might be the key to re­build­ing her life. But the man might not be who he says he is, and when a body washes up on the beach, it’s clear that Anna’s trou­bles are only just be­gin­ning.

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