Under the Sun (Pan Macmillan), by Lottie Moggach
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.