Freddy Power walked out of her childhood home twenty-two years ago, and swore never to return.
But now she’s back, helping run her family’s fishery in Newhaven in the wake of her mother’s death.
It feels as if time has stood still. The morning mist hanging over the reed beds, the ghost river that no longer leads to the sea, the subterranean light slanting into her mother’s grotto-like living room. The only thing that’s really changed is her childhood friendship with Toni and Mags. The three of them were once inseparable. Now, after decades of silence, they feel like strangers.
Freddy is not planning to be in Newhaven for long. But when Mags goes missing, old secrets – and old passions – are reignited.
Freddy is determined to stay and find her friend. Even if it means confronting the past, and facing up to the truth about her family.
This is one of those books which worms it’s way inside your head making you feel that you know know the characters and location so well that you really are part of the story!
Frederica Power left the family home over two decades ago; despite having sworn she would never be back she finds herself on her way after receiving a text from an old friend about her mother’s poor health. Nothing much has changed on the surface but her two younger brothers have grown up and now run the family fishery whilst Mags and Toni who, with Freddy, made up an inseparable trio are now distant and not overly friendly. Despite planning a quick exit, Freddy finds herself staying in order to speak with Mags who seems to have gone missing . . .
Lesley Thomson really knows how to get inside a reader’s head and under their skin! As Freddy gets drawn back into life in Newhaven, I found myself there too; trying to work out who to believe, who to suspect and desperate to figure out exactly what was going on! Despite encompassing so much into this book, the story flows seamlessly and is bursting with details. I think – at one time or another – I had almost everyone in my sights for some dastardly deed, but the guilty still came as a bit of a shock. Well-written and totally absorbing, this is a cracking thriller which I was totally immersed in and am very happy to give a full five sparkling stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 400 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 7 May 2020
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Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People’s Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective’s Daughter, was a number one bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies.
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