Past and present were interweave in the story which involved 3 women who were stuck in unattenuable circumstances.
The book started with two parallel stories of Lisa in the present and a child who was called Soldier No1 by her father, suffering from PTSD, in 2004. The dual timelines were filled with intrigue and pathos until tiny lines started overlapping slowly.
My second book by author Nuala Ellwood, the parallel stories were deliberately kept blurred with one character in common to both stories. My emotions were evoked for both the women in the dual timelines. Their lives seemed to fly in directions with no clarity about the destination.
I loved how the author slowly streamlined the stories, tying the threads, weaving them into the subplots, showing me the inter connections. There was a bit of clever writing when the author used the Rowan House as the backdrop for both the stories, a place which had bad vibes and was dank and quite horrific. That added to the entire atmosphere of the suspense.
The reveals were unexpected, the suspense slightly lower than what I wished, but the characters kept me tightly wrapped into the story. Quite an entertaining read.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.
But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.
What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?
And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?
Publication Date: February 2020