The Final Reckoning – Margaret James

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?
When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?



My review

First of all I have to say that I adored the cover. It’s beautiful but dark at the same time.

In the beginning I struggled a bit. Somehow I did not seem to get into the story, but I never give up and I am very glad I did not. Little by little i really started to be intrigued and the story became more and more interesting and thrilling.

So if you read it as well, don’t put the book away if you have the same feeling as I did at the start, because you will miss out on a good story with a heartbreaking ending.    4 stars.

Thank you, Margaret James and Ruby Fiction.


About the author

Margaret James was born and brought up in Hereford and now lives in Devon. She studied English at London University, and has written many short stories, articles and serials for magazines. She is the author of sixteen published novels.

Her debut novel for Choc Lit, The Silver Locket, received a glowing review from the Daily Mail and reached the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in November 2010 and in the same year a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Single Titles. The Golden Chain also hit the Top 20 Small Publishers Fiction List in May 2011.

Margaret is a long standing contributor to Writing Magazine for which she writes the Fiction Focus column and an author interview for each issue. She’s also a creative writing tutor for the London School of Journalism.

Margaret writes for both Ruby and Choc Lit