By Sarah A. Denzil
Published on: September 25, 2019
In this new psychological thriller, two sisters are forever altered when a boy they both know disappears one night.
Ten years ago, a boy named Samuel Murray went missing from the quiet village of Buckthorpe and was never seen again.
Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.
Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…
A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.
When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…
The book opens with a letter from Heather to her sister Rosie. A letter that tells Rosie that her sister knows what she did – that she knows Rosie is a murderer. However, Heather never actually sends that letter to her sister.
The disappearance of Samuel Murray changed everything for both sisters. Soon after high school, Rosie leaves home and rarely comes back. The once straight-A student changes and goes down a self-destructive path. She comes home for their father’s funeral and then leaves again for 5 years. However, years later their mother is now gravely ill and Heather knows she must attempt to find her sister to let her know.
Once Rosie comes home memories begin flooding back for both sisters prompting various conversations about the past. The members of the town also learn of her return and soon it becomes clear that Rosie is unwelcome. They universally blame her for the disappearance of Samuel. In fact, the town itself is very eerie – neighbors acting oddly at times, strange stories regarding certain residents within it. A town full of myths, legends, and creepy songs.
The story is mostly told from Heather’s point-of-view, whose story is from the present day perspective. Rosie’s story isn’t as frequent and shows us what has occurred in the past and how the sisters originally met the Murray family leading up to the night of the incident.
For about 70% of the book it was a nice story, but didn’t excite me. It was a fine, readable story, but that was all. Then, the ending starts to occur. As it is occurring and the excitement builds, you feel like you have a good handle on it, but then the ending begins occurring again. Not a repeat, it’s more like the ending gets more added on to it. As a result, part of me likes the ending and the drama it brought and part of me thinks there was a bit too much.
Overall, I think many will enjoy the book and especially enjoy the twists that come at the end. I myself liked it just fine, but it’s not necessarily one that will be memorable for me.
Rating: 4 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.