Two childhoods destroyed. One story they will never tell. Until now.
Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara.
When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break.
Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past.
But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard.
Everything starts with a monster hiding in a wardrobe...
A monster that one day forces Beth to flee from her family home and town and go to live with her father, his new partner and her children. After some years when Beth returns home, she discovers that her younger sister Sara has also been tormented by this same monster. And on one dramatic, unforgettable night terrible secrets are exposed, vows made and decisions taken. Decisions that will change the sisters' lives forever.
"The past was always present."
The story fast forwards twenty-six years and we meet Eva, a beautiful young woman with a mysterious past, who's happy life is suddenly shattered by tragedy. When everything seems lost, a man enters her life... a man through whom she will find answers to questions she could never have answered.
"Sometimes silence is more important than honesty."
Well I enjoyed reading this book. The story kept me interested, and although there are no mind-blowing twists or WOW moments, it is a very well-written, captivating and at times very emotive tale. The author knows how to use the right words to draw the reader wholly in the scene or drama taking place. There were times when I even felt my eyes getting moist.
The characters are all well portrayed and feel like people I've known for ages. We find many strong-willed women in this book. I especially loved Beth, this woman with her undying determination not to ever bow down and to seek justice. I found myself hating and wanting to slap Marjory hard across the face every time she opened her mouth. And obviously I wished I could kill the monster with my own hands.
This is a book about people held captive by their pasts. In the last few days I was held captive by this book! Once I started it, I couldn't stop. I even read in coffee breaks at work as I couldn't wait till the evening to find out what will happen next, and how things will end up by the end.
Heartache, secrets, scandals, pain, anguish, births, deaths, betrayals, love, burning passion, hate, anger. If you want to read a rich tale encompassing all these, you have to read this book.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read this book through Netgalley.
Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist and lives in the coastal town of Malahide, Co. Dublin. Her four novels are The Prodigal Sister, Stolen Child, Fragile Lies and The Betrayal. She loves travelling. The beautiful South Island of New Zealand was the inspiration for her setting in The Prodigal Sister. The Burren in County Clare became the mysterious setting for Stolen Child and the Broadmeadow Estuary behind her home provides the background for The Betrayal. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor.