UK Publishing Date: 25 Feb 2016. 416 pages.
I had to keep coming back to this book (read over the course of a month with other books in between) and for me it was just a difficult and frustrating read.
Jules Bright gets a knock on the door and it is an ex policewoman informing her that her daughters murderer is being released from prison. Amelia Quentin was a disturbed and angry toddler and grew up to be a selfish and calculating murderer. The book skips between Jules in the present day preparing for Amelia’s release and the story of the Bright’s relationship with the Quentin family and the impact that had on their lives.
I really wanted to like the story but it just got too complicated and by the end I simply didn’t care what happened to any of the characters. The book jumps around in time with no obvious indication of which situation you are in until you have read through enough to place it in its period. There is a lot of back story that gives you a sense of the place that Kian and Jules had in their town but it felt like too much weight was given to this rather than the actual story itself which mostly took place off camera – so to speak.
With a ghost story as well the plot just felt over blown and all a bit too much. Sorry but it just wasn’t for me.
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