Her children have a deadly secret. Can she uncover it before the police do?
Melissa Byatt’s life in Forest Grove seems as perfect as can be: a doting husband, three loving children and a beautiful house in a close-knit community. But appearances can be deceiving.
One evening, Melissa arrives home to the unimaginable: her husband lies stabbed on the kitchen floor, their children standing calmly around him…With horror, she realises that one of them is to blame. But which one? And why would they attack their own father?
Her loyalties torn, in a split second she decides to protect her children at all costs—even if that means lying to the police. But when someone in the neighbourhood claims to know more than they should, Melissa discovers that some secrets are beyond her control…
Can she find out the truth of what happened before the rumours spread? And can the family unite to escape the spotlight of scandal—or are none of them as innocent as Melissa insists?
A Thoroughly Good Read!
Well, I didn’t see THAT coming! Who’d have thought it?
Melissa Byatt cycles home from work, looking forward to a relaxing weekend with her husband Patrick, twins Lilly and Lewis and ten year old Grace. As she opens the door full of optimism she has no inkling of the scene awaiting her: Patrick, on the floor, unconscious with all three children standing over him. When she spots a bloody knife, Melissa thinks the unthinkable then the horror of that thought sinks in – surely, please surely one of her children didn’t stab their father?
This is a thoroughly good read! With family dynamics, neighbour opinions on overload, total silence from her kids and her husband in a coma not to mention having to vacate her home which is now treated as a crime scene, Melissa has so much on her plate that a lesser woman would crack – but she just keeps on going as any mother has to. On several occasions I was absolutely convinced I knew exactly what was going on; did I? Not a chance. Spectacularly wrong on every occasion. Like all good reads, this one holds it’s secrets until almost the very end and it all adds up to a gripping and rather suspenseful read. 4* and a hearty recommendation to all lovers of family based suspense.
I downloaded this novel via Kindle First Reads as part of my Amazon Prime subscription; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: family, suspense mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook, audio cd
- Size: 381 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union
- Publication Date: 01 April 2020
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Tracy Buchanan is a bestselling author whose books have been published around the world, including chart toppers My Sister’s Secret and No Turning Back. She lives in the UK with her husband, their daughter and a very spoilt Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Bronte.
Before becoming a full-time author, Tracy worked as a travel journalist, visiting and writing about countries around the world. She has also produced content for the BBC and the Open University, and rubbed shoulders with celebrities while working for a London PR firm.
When she isn’t spending time with her family and friends, Tracy now spends her days writing with her dog on her lap or taking walks in forests.