Top positive review
Good psychological suspense story
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 17, 2020
Best psychological suspense story I've read in a couple months. Set in present-day Cornwall, England on the sea, perfect daughter, wife, and mom of 2 plans a reunion with her brother, her parents, and their closest childhood friends all in hopes of helping her father's memory, as he suffers from Alzheimers.
It quickly turns into the reunion from hell, partly because of continued grief and guilt they all feel for her younger sister, Lenni, who went missing 21 years ago at the age of 13.
Claire is an estate agent married to a successful surgeon, Callum, who’s 10 years older than her. They have a son, Marcus, 18, and a daughter, Amy, 6, they had struggled for years to conceive.
Claire’s brother, Jason, now married to Greta, his very pregnant wife, who's expecting twins, has been batting his own demons for years and hasn't has anything to do with their father, Patrick, who couldn't be bothered to help him years ago when he was struggling with addiction, homelessness, unemployment, late onset grief, and guilt.
Claire hasn't seen her old wild friend, Maggie, who moves from boyfriend to the next to keep a roof over her and her teenage daughter, Rain’s, head. Rain’s father is a well-known politician, married with kids, who pays for Rain’s expensive boarding school only because Maggie insists/blackmails him. Rain gets to go on expensive trips across Europe and in NYC with her rich schoolmates, but would rather have her mother's love and attention. She hides it well with her cursing and hurtful remarks, just as she covers her bulimia.
Nick, the other childhood friend, has always had a crush on Claire. He's a chef in the process of renovating and opening a new restaurant. His childhood friends don't question him about his wife and daughter who don't come to the reunion with him. Callum is jealous of the attention Nick pays to Claire.
Then one of them goes missing and people remember the sister’s disappearance from 21 years ago and wonder if there's a connection.
I liked the storyline and the pace of the story and read it in one sitting. There were a couple editing errors, variations of...”to be honest” 10 times and 2 really obnoxious uses of ”...let out the breath he hadn't realised he’d been holding.” page 123 and ”...letting out the breath she seemed to have been holding forever.” Ugh! Stop it!!!
When the truth came out, Lenni’s disappearance, and the way it was carried out were not very realistic. Nor did it make sense to move a rape victim back into the same home in which she'd been raped, whether or not her rapist was there.
But I do like the way this author writes and have just bought 4 more of her books