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The story started with Celine and Pip coming back home on hearing about their mother’s death. They missed their middle sister, Vanessa, intensely who had beaten and killed years ago. Another death and body posed in the same manner opened up the police investigation. Residents of the Two Cross Farm close by were the main suspects.
The book was quite different in its formatting. I had the present story of Celine and Pip, and the past and present stories of the women on Two Cross Farm. From the beginning, I knew there was a connection.
I liked the book as it was different. I was quite curious to know how the author would link the parallel lines. The ladies next door on the farm were a secretive lot whose leader Seed was the one who spoke.
The suspense was steady with the Two Cross Farm giving a cult like ambiance. Both Celine and Pip had their past and present ghosts. They needed to overcome their hurdles to have a stronger bond. The story coasted between women’s fiction and thriller.
When the story started unraveling its secrets, something niggled me. There was a strange feeling that the subplots didn’t really fit well, and pace felt slow. Nonetheless, the story was intriguing.
The twists were many, and some of the reveals were quite explosive. I hadn’t read something like that in recent times in any book. I knew everything but understood nothing, and the final truth stole away my breath.
A character driven story showing the lives of many women interlinked with each other.
When sisters Celine and Pip get a call telling them their reclusive mother has died, the women are reunited at her riverside home in Arundel to pick up the pieces. But someone is missing – their middle sister, Vanessa, brutally murdered years ago and the victim of an unsolved case.
As the sisters confront ghosts from the past, the discovery of another body in similar circumstances throws new light on Vanessa’s death. Could there be more to her case than the police first thought?
And what do the mysterious residents of Two Cross Farm, the neighbouring women’s commune, have to do with it? What secrets are lurking behind their locked gates? And what is the significance of the number 33
Publication Date: November 2020
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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