For fans of Jane Harper’s The Dry comes a powerful novel about the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.
Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.
Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.
Murder, revenge, retribution.
‘You can’t save someone that doesn’t want to be saved . . .’
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I’d heard lots of great things about this book from some of my favourite bloggers, so I was excited to read it and started the book with lots of expectations. I’m pleased to say that I thought the hype was justified and this has to be the best book I’ve read for a while.
I always love crime books that give you a little bit extra and aren’t just about solving the crime. This book is very much about the characters and their lives too which made for a beautiful, emotional story. I really enjoyed getting to know Duchess and finding out more about her difficult life. Sheriff Walk was another fabulous character and I loved how caring he was to everyone.
The author does a great job of setting the scene in this book with the descriptions of the small American town helping the reader understand what it’s like somewhere everyone knows your business. The residents are very set in their opinion and it’s difficult to change them once they’ve decided. Most people thought Vincent King was guilty and it was very hard for them consider another theory. A lot of the tension in this book comes from their attitudes and behaviour towards King which becomes almost unbearable at times.
This isn’t a particularly fast paced book but it is a very compelling one which I found hard to out down. I found I grew very fond of the characters and felt personally involved in their lives, which made some of the emotional scenes even more hard hitting. I found it hard to leave them all behind at the end of the book and have been thinking about them constantly since. I’m definitely going to go back and read some of this author’s previous books.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Zaffre for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Chris Whitaker is the award-winning author of Tall Oaks and All The Wicked Girls. Both books were published to widespread critical acclaim, with Tall Oaks going on to win the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award. Chris lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.
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