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My Review

A slow burn suspenseful read which had a lot of mystery embroiled within the characters. My first book by author Emily Cavanagh, the prose was beautiful where each word carried its weight in emotions. Secrets and twists were the norm, like every thriller, this had many false clues and suspects.

The book was set on an island where everybody knew everything, yet it didn’t give a cozy feel to the story. I liked that; it added to the atmosphere around the characters and made it appear eerie. Friendship was bonded between the main characters Caroline and Evvy who were once married to cops. New partners saw them going through the usual relationship rigmarole when a murder occurred on the beach.

Told in multiple POVs, the story took shape when Caroline and Evvy pieced the clues together, getting the information of the investigation via their husbands. Suspense was tinged into the prose, but there was also the added trope of friendship and relationships with their kids. Great character development gave a depth to the story where the ladies were strong and flawed. They were real.

The clues leading to the identity of the killer were slotted slow and steady into the prose with the backdrop of the problem of drugs in the islandic life. Here secrets were more than its residents, or so it felt ofttimes. Layers were nuanced in subtly which made it slightly a slower read. In its core, it was still a murder mystery, where I enjoyed getting to tighten the noose around the killer’s identity.

Overall a good whodunit.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Book Blurb

It sometimes feels impossible to keep anything hidden in a place like Great Rock. But now they have found that poor girl down on the beach, I realize just how many secrets we’ve been keeping all along.

Evvy has lived on the island of Great Rock all her life. Every year, after the holidaymakers have departed, storms begin to roll in off the Atlantic and the island returns to the small group of locals who, like her, have decided to make it their home.

But when a body is found on the snow-covered beach it sends shockwaves through this tight-knit community and rattles Evvy to her core.

The dead woman had worked on the island the previous summer and it seems strange she would have been visiting so out of season. What drew her back and who was she meeting? When Evvy learns that her partner, Ian, was the last person to see her alive, the shadow of the murder falls far too close to home.

No stranger to being talked about on the island, where no one’s private life is their own, Evvy must protect her daughter, Daisy, from yet more island gossip. Her family’s happiness has felt fragile at the best of times and now with Ian under suspicion, she senses they are close to freefall once again.

As the icy weather closes in, Evvy will discover that no matter how hard you try to hide it, the truth will always find a way out.

Book Details

Publication Date: October 2020

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

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4 Responses

  1. Nice review Shalini. I like that the cozy setting of an island did not make this a cozy story at all. That is difficult to do, kudos to Emily Cavanagh.

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