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Two sisters Joanna and Caroline and a summer of 1990. Something happened which caused the 2 sisters to fall out, and later Jo was called to identify her sister’s body. Was it a suicide, if so, why?

Written cleverly by Rebecca Griffiths in the dual timeliness, the present and 1990, the story slowly rolled on, providing me with clues as the pages turned, some of them were just a sleight of the hand to distract me.

What happened in the summer of 1990 with the disappearance of a child and Caroline causing a storm in the village with her flaming words left life as they knew it in shreds. Each went their own way, but a sliver of their old selves were firmly entrenched in the past.

The book was a slow burn read with routine and mystery intertwined. I liked how Joanna started investigating the past to get to the truth. The explosive end made up for the slow release of suspense with a massive secret being revealed in the last page. I enjoyed the last 20%. It was rocking

Overall, an enjoyable story recommended for readers who love a slow uncovering of layers.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Rebecca Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to mid-Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their three vampiric cats as black as night, and pet sheep the size of sofas.

In a dark, dark wood

In Summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their holidays in a sunlit village near the Forest of Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the forest hide secrets that will bring their innocence to a distressing end and make this a summer they will never forget.

There was a dark, dark house

Years later, a shocking act of violence sends Joanna back to Witchwood. In her great aunt’s lonely and dilapidating cottage, she will attempt to unearth the secrets of that terrifying summer and come to terms with the haunting effects it has left on her life. But in her quest to find answers, who can she trust? And will she be able to survive the impending danger from those trying to bury the truth?

Publication Date: 6th December 2018

Publisher: Sphere

53 Responses

          1. Must be a nick name?😂 I checked on her ‘about me’ just to make sure 🤔 anyways leave it. I don’t wanna unindate your comment section with her name 🙈

          2. Hahaha I have been searching for her… No wonder she didn’t respond to Lesley 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

          1. Apparently I have 5000 books on my Amazon cloud over the years I have bought acc to an Amazon executive 😳😳🤣🤣 when did I do that

  1. Nice review. I’m afraid slow burns don’t always appeal to me. If it’s a thriller or suspense novel, I find I’m disappointed if I’m not on the edge of my seat, or at least fully enthralled, in a short period of time. But 4 stars is a great read, so it’s worth thinking about.

  2. Both mysteries are interesting–the one you reviewed and the Lesley/Laura conundrum.😉 Good review. I don’t know how I would like the slower pace, but I think the “routine and mystery intertwined” is an intriguing approach.

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