A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.
For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.
Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.
When a dead body turns up by Stella’s old house on the island they suddenly left behind she can’t help but wonder what happened. She goes back and discovers more than one family secret.
I enjoyed this book and it kept me wanting to keep reading and find out what was happening. Now I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I love a book full of secrets and finding things out at every turn. I especially enjoyed the island community setting, where everybody thinks they know everybody but in actual fact there are secrets everywhere.
Stella was desperate in trying to find out what happened and why she was dragged away from the place she loved as a child. At the same time she was uncovering secrets and things she thought were true were not. You are also given glimpses into the past through the eyes of Stella’s family into the lead up to them leaving the island.
Stella herself is a character I liked. She is determined to find out what really happened all those years ago to protect her family even if it means going against the very people she is trying to protect. Even when she is faced with danger and admits to herself that she is scared she still carries on in her search for the truth.
Stellas relationship with her sister frustrated me as I’m sure it was meant to. Her sister keeping her own secrets and trying to hide them as well as trying to stop Stella from finding out what she thought was true in the past. This meant her sister came across as controlling and manipulative but as you get further into the book you understand why she is that way and you can’t help but feel slight sympathy for her.
I did enjoy the ending as I didn’t see it coming I had my theories but they were completely wrong.
I loved this book and it definitely won’t be my last Heidi Perks book and I’m already looking forward to reading another.
Thank you Rachel Kennedy for arranging and asking me to be part of the blog tour.
About The Author
Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director before leaving to become a full-time mother and writer. Her first novel, Now You See Her, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Heidi is a voracious reader of crime fiction and thrillers and endlessly interested in what makes people tick. She lives in Bournemouth with her family, where she writing her next thriller.