You’ll never see the twist coming in this gripping novel of love and loss by bestselling author Christina McKenna..
Rita-Mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember. Fear of being alone, fear of her past and, above all, fear of her husband, Harry. Until she spots an advertisement for a vacant cottage in a small town in Northern Ireland. She makes her escape filled with hope, ready to start a new life in a new home, free from the pain of her past. But her place of refuge may not be as safe—or as anonymous—as she thought.
In another small town, Dorrie wakes up unaware of where she is or how she got there. Adrift in a world for which she has no explanation, she needs to find answers quickly—before her shadowy past catches up with her.
Walled in by secrets and with no one to trust, both Rita-Mae and Dorrie are unsure how to move forward. Can each woman face her inner demons and confront a menacing presence from the past once and for all? Or will the past unravel their second chance at life?
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About the Author
In 2004 she published a memoir, followed by two non-fiction titles on the paranormal: The Dark Sacrament (2006) and Ireland’s Haunted Women (2010).
In 2011 she embarked on the Tailorstown Trilogy, a series of novels set in and around a fictional Ulster village. The books – The Misremembered Man, The Disenchanted Widow and The Godforsaken Daughter – were highly successful and have been translated into several languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book but not at the same level of satisfaction that I enjoy 3 stars reads in this similar genre. In thinking about why that is, I conclude that I never felt there was any real sense of threat; certainly there were characters that should have seemed threatening, but as the reader, I never actually believed that they were the "bad guy" It is however, a very unique approach to the mystery/thriller genre. There were twists that I thought were going to zig but then they zagged and left me disoriented. I did appreciate the exploration of mental health issues and abuse in this book. While I have no personal frame of reference for the mental health condition, it seemed to be handled in a way that skimmed the surface rather than going deep. I received an eARC from the publisher. Here is my honest review.
This novel was a well-written, nice balance of suspense, humor and dark drama. Two women, Rita-Mae and Dorrie, are each battling their own inner and outer demons. Their stories are a compelling and poignant look at adversity, abuse, addiction, mental illness and what it takes to survive and overcome. Both characters are multi-faceted, written with rich complexity and sublime depth and easily draw you into their world. I found my heart just breaking for both of them and was completely taken off guard by the unexpected twist at the end. *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Lake Union Publishing in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so.