Secrets are a minefield, be careful where you step -— you never know when a blast would occur and all would be lost!!
Francesca’s husband Robert jumped off a railing on to the ongoing traffic and he died!! A suicide!! But why? Weren’t they a happy couple with their tiny daughter Alice?
Welcome to the Tennants – a dysfunctional, weird, and secretive family where appearances were to kept at all costs. And oh, they were Francesca’s in-laws!! Each one reminded me of a rat with their beady eyes and furtive ways, where truth was an unknown factor, even to themselves.
The mother-in-law Camilla was the worst, enabling the lies, being a drug pusher for the son, and with a past which clammed her up faster than she could say the word ‘clam’. The father-in-law Patrick was nothing great; he knew everything but pretended to be the monkeys (yup the see no evil hear no evil kinds)
Then we have the lovely younger son John, who played the victim card in certain situations and certainly had his own hand in a lot of secrets. His wife Dilys was a nasty piece of work, oh boy, did I love to hate her. A bully to the end!
After her husband’s death, Francesca is thrown into this lot due to financial reasons, and she finds a loose thread unravelling from the yarn of secrets and on she follows it up, till she realizes that the ball of yarn comes from her sweater too…
My second book by author Clare Boyd, and she blew me away with the unlikeable downright awful characters. And that was the best part of the book. Secrets could be guessed easily as pages turned, but the nastiness of the characters just oozed its slime right to the last page, till it coated my fingers. Absolute fun!!
The ending though different felt a bit rushed and unbelievable, (let go of analysis) epilogue showed how a brain can take sudden decisions, the story did drag at certain points. But it is the characters by Clare Boyd which were awesome — horrible and hateful!!
Three secrets turned out to be many secrets pretending to be the truth.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
Two years after the death of her husband, Robert, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start. Money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Still grieving her loss, Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close?
Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?
Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…
The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?
Publication date : 17th May, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
Secrets, secrets, guess my secrets…