Three troubled women. One deadly secret.
Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered
Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.
All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.
But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?
As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…
"I had a friend once and she let me down."
Child A has killed a small boy. Child B was the boy's sister. Child A and Child B were friends once... not anymore...
Decades have passed since that horrific episode destroyed two families, and now we meet Lissy, Beverley and Erica. Three adult women, three damaged individuals with a permanent simmering anger and a tragic childhood behind them. One is running away from her past, the others seeking revenge.
This is a great story with a brilliant twist I didn't see coming. Obviously one of the women is Child A, another is Child B, but who's the other? At the beginning it honestly took me a while to be hooked by the story, to understand what was happening and who's who, however, once each woman began to tell her own story and invade my imagination, I found myself intrigued, wanting to know these individuals more, find out what had actually happened, what was going to happen next, who was lying, who was saying the truth, and I found it difficult to put this book down. Amidst rising tension, I could feel their fear, their anger, their hurt, I could understand their need for revenge. These are disturbed individuals living 'normal' lives on the outside but harbouring shocking secrets on the inside.
The author's prose is beautiful and she weaves an interesting, clever, gripping plot, involving Lissy's daughter Rosie as well, that sees Child A and Child B moving towards a final face-to-face confrontation to set things straight once and for all. It's evident that prison wasn't good enough for Child B. She's still hurt and angry and she wants more, she wants to make Child A suffer, as she has suffered and in her own way. Will Child B see her plan through? Is she right in what she wants? Will Child A ever find peace without having to constantly look behind her back? What will happen when the two women finally set their eyes on each other again?
Well, this was another intriguing read by J.A. Baker, I really enjoyed it and find no trouble in recommending it. With thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.
J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in the North East of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.
After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.
In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent. J.A.
Her second novel, Her Dark Retreat was published in October 2017. J. A. Baker's third book is The Other Mother, published 5th December 2017.
She has four grown-up children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and madcap dog.
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