Everyone has secrets…Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the town where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalised in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.
Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realises that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the rabbit hole of Jack’s past, but the farther she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a hard reality she may not be prepared for.
The book opens tantalisingly with the murder of Lydia Tierney decades before, as she is trying to prepare a celebratory supper for her children, Jack and Amy as they finish school for the holidays.
Then, back in the modern day Jack receives news that the aunt that raised him, Julia, has had a bad accident back in his home town Penny Gate and he really should return - something he has been unable to do for many years and his wife Sarah has never met his family, all very strange...
His return is obviously awkward and there are many questions raised - none more so than by Sarah as things are not as they seem, it would appear that their marriage is built on a bed of lies and she is thrown into a situation where she questions everything.
Then cryptic text messages start to arrive with small clues that make her fear for her safety and she turns detective to try to find the answers she needs to unearth the clues to the murders that have taken place and to find out who her husband really is.
I really enjoyed this book! Fast paced and gripping it leaves every chapter on a cliffhanger so you just have to read on! This book reminds me in so many ways of another of my favourite authors, Diane Chamberlain and if you are a fan of hers it's a must read!
Copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review