A compelling domestic suspense novel that also manages to tell a story of families surviving across the ages.
After her mum and step-dad are murdered, and step-brother Martin sentenced for their deaths, Nancy realises she has to disappear. She flees to her mother’s old family holiday home in Devon, where she tries to make peace with the past.
The old holiday home has secrets too – and this is where the reader is introduced to a second point-of-view set in the 1940s during the war. At first I almost rolled my eyes at this. ‘I don’t want to read this story!’ I thought to myself – I wanted the contemporary suspense. But the story quickly grew on me and became one of my favourite parts of the book. It’s about what drives us to keep going in adversity, about what ‘doing what’s right’ really means.
Nancy’s story is enjoyable too, as what really happened on the fateful night of the deaths is doled out to us in chunks. I thought Corry had the balance right in stringing the story out and not making the reader wait too long.
Thankfully, she wasn’t a character prone to too many poor decisions (as so many in suspense novels are) and I liked learning more about her new community as Nancy rebuilt her strength and confidence.
A very satisfying read.
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