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- Print Length: 295 pages
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- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (June 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071D6JTMS
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Then we discover that something happened to Abby when she was a teenager, although we don't know exactly what and neither does Abby. She's kept the events secret for many years. The details were never clear in her mind.
And so this normal woman, when faced with new events that threaten her normal life, tries to do whatever she can to prevent her secret from coming out. And we're with her all the time because she could be us. Because she can't be responsible for this thing that happened to her as a child. Or can she? Only towards the end we begin to wonder, or at least I did. The event really was terrible, and Abby had a part in it. Perhaps she deserved to be punished for it.
I was engrossed in this story. It disturbed me and kept me reading, eager to discover the ending. I wasn't disappointed.
We meet young Abby and Philippa in the opening chapter and from the very descriptive way the author introduces us to the characters you feel you are on their bike with them soaring round the streets of the picturesque Italian village. Set in two timelines, (which I love) the present and 1992, we learn that something terrible happened in Abby's youth that she either can't or doesn't want to remember.
After two sets of human remains are found in a Tuscany village, an international search is underway to try and discover who the bodies are and how they came to be there. Throughout the story Dr Abby Fenton struggles to cope with what may have happened and resorts to hypnotherapy with an old boyfriend - who she confided in many years ago - to try and remember exactly what did occur. What long buried secrets are about to be unearthed? Can she hold onto her sanity?
With twists and turns along the way you really are intrigued as to what has happened and these really keep the suspense going. I also enjoyed how the author blended the two timelines seamlessly so that the story continuously flowed.
There's some really strong characters involved in the plot, almost all of them are unlikeable but I think that's part of the plan since once you know exactly what did happen you realise why the characters are the way they are. A truly heartbreaking conclusion that I would never have guessed at and for which I now understand why Abby chose not to recall the tragic events.
A very clever narrative, well plotted storyline and excellently paced, this makes a brilliant psychological thriller that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I like this author's writing style and I may now seek out her previous book to read.
I've only dropped this half a star purely down to the logistics and feasibility of what actually did happen in 1992 but it was still a fabulous and imaginative ending to a truly suspenseful story.
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