The past was meant to stay buried…
But someone knows the truth…
Decades ago, the disturbing disappearance of an eleven-year-old girl shook the tiny village Hannah grew up in. Now Hannah receives the shock of her life when she is told her sister, April, has committed suicide. Distraught, she returns to her childhood home for the funeral.
But someone who refuses to forget the past has sickening shocks in store for the grieving family and soon latch onto Hannah instead, leaving her looking over her shoulder at every turn.
Now the nightmares aren’t only inside Hannah’s head …
The close-knit community is rattled as devastating secrets and unspeakable truths are shaken up and it seems everyone has a secret to hide …
Hannah feels her grip on reality slipping as she starts to suspect even those closest to her – including her husband Will. April had uttered words of warning against him, but was it merely jealousy? Or does Hannah truly have something to fear from the father of her child?
Could the danger be closer to home than she realises?
And why is Hannah’s own father insisting that the past should remain in the past?
Stunning – Full of Suspense!
What a stunning, remarkable book! Having read this author’s first novel I was delighted when offered this one to read and review.
Hannah returns to her home village with her husband and daughter in tow to attend the funeral of her only sister. With her parents being long divorced, they stay with her father at what was the family home to provide some support following the shock of a sudden death – but the biggest shocks are still to come. As the past intertwines with the present, we find out what happened in the past and how it’s impacting on the here and now . . .
I was very impressed with Ruth Harrow’s debut novel and she has repeated her skill with this one. I thought I knew where it was heading – several times over – but I got it wrong on all counts. This author has a marvellous skill in creating a story with as many interlocking parts as any engine. This is a beautifully crafted tale with a fine cast of characters and, in particular, I empathised with Hannah. I completely loved this book – so much so that I have just bought the previous novel (which I’m ashamed to say I missed) to enjoy during my imminent summer break. My mind has been stretched with this one; I particularly like it when novels are finished off properly so the final chapter sorting out where it all went made me very happy. I have no doubt at all that this is a five star read, and firmly puts Ruth Harrow onto my ‘must not miss’ list. Highly recommended.
My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological thriller
Ruth Harrow was born and raised in London and graduated from the University of Kent before embarking on an unfulfilling career as an accountant.
She eventually put pen to paper and her debut psychological thriller, In Her Footsteps, was published in 2018 and quickly became a bestseller.
Following the success of her first novel, her second book, You’re All Mine, was released in 2019. Her third psychological thriller, In My Wake will arrive on 16th July 2020.
She lives in Colchester with her husband, two children and chocolate