Ten years ago, a boy named Samuel Murray went missing from the quiet village of Buckthorpe and was never seen again.
Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.
Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…
A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.
When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…
The opening of the book is perfect. 1001 scenarios fly through your mind, but which one is the correct one? Or does scenario 1002 fit here?
Relatives should be able to trust each other unconditionally, right? But there is so much deceit and there are so many lies in the world that you sometimes start doubting the ones that are the closest to your heart.
Once trust is gone, is it possible to find a way back?
The author shows us a situation that’s often not fictional at all. People assume something and the longer they think about it, the more they are convinced that this is how it all happened. Talking about it would resolve so much heartbreak.
Sometimes silence is golden because you believe you do it for the right reasons : to protect someone, but in the end, when the truth comes out it might not have been the best solution at all.
The story takes us from then to now, with both sisters telling us the way it was, through their eyes in alternating chapters.
Love, deceit, lies and family relations are a few of the ingredients the author has cooked with to serve us this delightful dish. 4 stars.
Thank you, Sarah A. Denzi and Bookouture ( via Netgalley).
About the author
Sarah A. Denzil is a British suspense writer from Derbyshire. In her alternative life–AKA Sarah Dalton–she writes speculative fiction for teenagers, including The Blemished, Mary Hades and White Hart.
Sarah lives in Yorkshire with her partner, enjoying the scenic countryside and rather unpredictable weather.
Saving April, Sarah’s debut suspense thriller, is a psychological look into the minds of the people around us who we rarely even consider – our neighbours. What do we really know about them, and what goes on when the doors are closed?
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