Two sisters Joanna and Caroline and a summer of 1990. Something happened which caused the 2 sisters to fall out, and later Jo was called to identify her sister’s body. Was it a suicide, if so, why?
Written cleverly by Rebecca Griffiths in the dual timeliness, the present and 1990, the story slowly rolled on, providing me with clues as the pages turned, some of them were just a sleight of the hand to distract me.
What happened in the summer of 1990 with the disappearance of a child and Caroline causing a storm in the village with her flaming words left life as they knew it in shreds. Each went their own way, but a sliver of their old selves were firmly entrenched in the past.
The book was a slow burn read with routine and mystery intertwined. I liked how Joanna started investigating the past to get to the truth. The explosive end made up for the slow release of suspense with a massive secret being revealed in the last page. I enjoyed the last 20%. It was rocking
Overall, an enjoyable story recommended for readers who love a slow uncovering of layers.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Rebecca Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to mid-Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their three vampiric cats as black as night, and pet sheep the size of sofas.
In a dark, dark wood
In Summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their holidays in a sunlit village near the Forest of Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the forest hide secrets that will bring their innocence to a distressing end and make this a summer they will never forget.
There was a dark, dark house
Years later, a shocking act of violence sends Joanna back to Witchwood. In her great aunt’s lonely and dilapidating cottage, she will attempt to unearth the secrets of that terrifying summer and come to terms with the haunting effects it has left on her life. But in her quest to find answers, who can she trust? And will she be able to survive the impending danger from those trying to bury the truth?
Publication Date: 6th December 2018