It's the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and Rachel and her aunt Evie are celebrating with the crowds on the village green. The scene is tranquil, but Rachel and her aunt can never forget what happened exactly twenty-five years ago. On that day, Evie's young daughter Jessamy vanished. She hasn’t been seen since.
Soon after, news comes of Evie's sudden death, and Rachel must return to the village to deal with her aunt’s estate. The extraordinary story she uncovers there will change everything. It is a story of departure and return, of atrocity and betrayal, of unrequited love and the dreadful legacy of war.
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About the Author
Eliza Graham lives in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, with her husband, children and dogs. The History Room is her fourth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 year old Jessamy has gone missing during a party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee in the little village of Craven. 25 years later, during the year of the Golden Jubilee, Jessamy's cousin is back in Craven to deal with the aftermath of the death of Evie, Jessamy's mother and Rachel's aunt. The third strand of this novel takes place during World War II when Evie and her twin brother, Charlie, are evacuated to Craven to live with Matthew and Robert, who become Japanese POWs.This is a multi-stranded novel of intrigue. It covers so many emotions: a lost child, difficulty in conceiving, the effects of war, psychotic episodes, jealousy and so much more. It's not simply a tale of Jessamy's disappearance, although that is the central strand, but it's a story of the complexities of family life and dealing with buried emotions.I really enjoyed reading this book, my first, but not my last, but Eliza Graham. I did guess the twist but it's still a clever story, and very well-written.