Sarah Tucker - a young married woman, bored and unhappy with her life - becomes obsessed with trying to find a little girl who disappears after a neighbouring house is destroyed by a massive explosion. She soon discovers that people she thought long dead are still alive and those living are fast joining the dead. What begins in suburban south Oxford ends on a remote and unwelcoming Scottish island as the hunt for the missing child takes Sarah out of her marriage and onto a journey with a troubled ex-soldier. A brooding sense that there are secret forces raged against her make this story of a young woman caught in a web of deception powerful and dramatic.
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Slow to start but an inferno by the end!
I, like many other readers, bought this book after reading the Slough House series by Mick Herron.
While it was a big difference for me to have a female narrator, (so many of my books being by Sean Barrett, Peter Forbes or Saul Reichlin), Anna Bentinck does a wonderful job of portraying the individual characters within this book.
I tend to buy the Unabridged versions of books to get the whole story and not what someone else thinks the Author wanted to say / write, this book was definitely one where, at the beginning, I wished I had bought an abridged version. It took a lonbg time to get going as such, although you are never really waiting for blood & glory from the start of any book, I felt this one took a long time to really get going. that said once it got started it moved along at a really strong pace and never slowed until the end.
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did, I'm in the process of downloading the next in the series, "The last voice you hear."
- JANE PRIOR