Everyone remembers the day the girls went missing.
May Day 1912, a day that haunts Missensham. The day two girls disappeared. The day the girls were murdered.
Iris Caldwell and Nell Ryland were never meant to be friends. From two very different backgrounds, one the heir to the Caldwell estate, the other a humble vicar’s daughter. Both have their secrets, both have their pasts, but they each find solace with one another and soon their futures become irrevocably intertwined.
Now, many years later, old footage has emerged which shows that Iris Caldwell may not have died on that spring morning.
The village must work out what happened the day the girls went missing…
A Complex Mystery!
There is a lot of reading in this one and it kept me interested to the very last.
In the early 20th century, two young girls with nothing in common are thrown together when one is appointed the companion of the other. Iris Caldwell heir to the local estate whilst Nell Ryland is the local rebel. This unlikely pair disappeared on May Day 1912, with evidence being found of Iris’s murder.
I thought that something was familiar about this novel; only now that I’m preparing my blog post do I twig that I’ve previously read The Secret by this author which is also set in the village of Missensham, albeit it at a different point in time. The characters in this one are complicated and intricate; beautifully drawn and each one is a puzzle in themselves. I found myself invested before I knew it but, even so, I couldn’t have seen where this was heading. As the story begins to unravel, things get into even more of a twist! An endearing tale, one I enjoyed and which I’m happy to give four stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot in this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical fiction, mystery
- Format: ebook
- Size: 260 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 23 April 2020
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Jennifer is the author of THE LIAR, THE MURDERESS, THE SECRET and THE LOST GIRLS published by Aria Fiction. Her novels involve the themes of family, betrayal and love and are set in the home counties in the early 20th century. Jennifer lives in Devon with her young family and cats. She is busily working on her next novel.