About the Book
The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself – the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever …
The first thing I need to say is that this review is intentionally vague and very short. The burning question is why? Well, there was no easy way to review the book without spoiling plot twists so for that I will remain unapologetic. I want everyone to enjoy as much as I did and in this instance, in my humble opinion, less is definitely more.
I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author but I will certainly be adding all her other novels to my list. I was gripped from the first page. The characters are multi layered, believable and well rounded. The Quinn family have faced trauma, heartache and immense loss in their lives, how will they survive when another tragedy hits the small town of Pikeville, which again rocks the family’s already fragile core.
I loved Charlie, she is strong, dependable but underneath, vulnerable and troubled. Her father Rusty, the defense attorney, takes on the cases that other lawyers will not touch, sometimes to the detriment of his loved ones. He is passionate about his work, but is this devotion misplaced?
The intricacies of the Quinn family relationship weave effortlessly through this crime drama. You invest into the well-being of Rusty and his family whilst desperately trying to unravel the mystery of the shooting in the school and uncover what actually happened on that night in Pikeville, twenty-eight years ago.
From the very first chapter, you hit the ground running and the pace stays constant throughout. The ending did not disappoint, the web of intricate storylines fits together beautifully. It is graphic at times but this just makes the characters more compelling and you are swept away with the outstanding storytelling.
I was sent this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.