Written by Jane Holland
Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?
As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.
Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…
While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? She doesn’t have the answers – and in one final question lies her greatest fear.
Is Rachel still alive?
Good, just not great …
I’m not quite sure when my expectations changed from excitement to disappointment when reading this novel, but I was aware of the last third beginning to drag and had to make an effort to finish – never a good sign.
I began this book with great hopes; until almost half-way through it made sense to me and the possibilities of where it was heading were boundless. I was really invested in this one, but the focus of the book changed several times .. I’m not sure I would call them ‘twists’ – and from then on I got the distinct feeling that the ending would be ambiguous. I wasn’t comfortable at all with how the book ended, not that it was unsettling but more that it was improbable.
I’m pretty sure that other readers will love this book, but for me it was more of a chore than a pleasure to read. A good enough read, just not a great one.
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and publishers Thomas & Mercer for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family, mental health
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2525.0 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publication Date: 25 January 2018
About the Author
Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her first novel KISSING THE PINK, published by Sceptre in 1999, was based on the women’s pro-snooker circuit, where she herself was a champion player, ranked 24th in the world. Since turning from sport to writing, she’s published six collections of poetry and dozens of thrillers, historicals, romances, romcoms, and feel-good fiction with major publishing houses, under various pseudonyms, including Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good, and Hannah Coates.
Her first thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, catapulting her into a life of crime. Her latest thriller is FORGET HER NAME. She currently lives with her husband and young family in the rural South-West, and enjoys encouraging new writers. You can find her on Twitter as @janeholland1