Two years after a family tragedy, and still consumed by her grief, Willa receives a strange letter from halfway across the globe. She has inherited a house in Australia, in a town she’s never heard of, from a woman she doesn’t know…
Following the mystery to the inviting shores of Sisters Cove, Willa is entranced by the dilapidated old Chapel House she now owns, perched high on a windy cliff within the grounds of Merrivale Estate. As Willa’s suspicions grow about her connection to the place, she begins to look amongst the dusty artwork and sealed boxes of papers left to her, and it becomes clear that the truth is not at all what she expected.
At Merrivale, social butterfly Annabelle is alarmed by Willa’s arrival. Why did her old friend and confidante Lillian leave her home to this stranger? As the two women’s lives intersect in the small, insular world of Sisters Cove, neither realises the dark truth that connects them until it’s too late. And when that terrible secret is exposed, it could destroy the lives of everyone involved…
In the beginning the author introduces the reader to a whole group of characters. You might think this would be confusing because you have to remember who is who, but she also took the time to make clear who belongs where. You have no trouble at all to place them.
This story is a mixture of a lot of things. There is suspense, tragedy and love. Family bonds can be as strong as steel, but when you jump to conclusions even those can break and mending something that has been broken is easier said than done.
When something tragic happens, it’s normal that you grieve or try to hide it in a corner of your head, but you have to be careful not to let it take over your life. You might risk losing so much more. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet even if it’s hard to do so.
Don’t think you can get away with everything. Karma might be watching you …
I loved the story. The author created some very interesting characters to ensure a few entertaining hours. 5 stars.
Thank you, Sarah Clutton and Bookouture.
About the author
Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer whose debut novel, Good Little Liars, mixes suspense and domestic drama with nuanced characters. Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people. How does the past shape us? Can we can learn empathy? What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide?
Sarah’s work earned her the Dymocks/Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship in 2018, a coveted national award run by one of Australia’s most successful commercial fiction authors and sponsored by Australia’s largest book chain. An alumna of the Australian Writers’ Centre novel writing course, and with a mostly-finished Master of Arts (Writing) that she has no interest in finishing because she prefers making stuff up, Sarah lives with her family in the very pretty tourist town of Bowral, near Sydney. She has lived all over Australia, and if she didn’t live in Bowral, she would live in Hobart, the most beautiful city she knows.
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