Interesting and suspenseful, this read is a cut-above the pack, a thriller which takes the time to let complex characters simmer, the author dropping tantalizing clues (from several point-of-views and time periods) of both what’s to come and what has already transpired – not quite giving the reader enough to explain how the pieces fit together, as the stage is skillfully set for tragedy. With plenty of drama – domestic, psychological and downright criminal – the pages fly by, and the ending (which this reader did mostly guess) is satisfying on many levels, and comes far too soon.
The story features a colorful pack of fortyish friends – three men and two women – who formed a tight group twenty years ago at University in London, and still meet, although less frequently, and are now due for a major catch-up.
- Dominic is an arrogant bully, now a reality TV star with a new wife and child along with two teens with his previous partner.
- Jim and his long-term wife are wannabe hippies who appear to share a good heart along with their clan of blonde free-spirited children.
- Kira is a successful GP with a new mate and baby, and a guilt-ridden history.
- Max and Annie, now parents to an adopted twelve-year troubled child, are former architects who left the city and are now attempting to start a glamping business on their atmospheric and starkly beautiful property in Cornwall.
When Max and Annie invite the pack, families and all, for a trial run weekend at their upscale campsite, the stage is set for secrets, trauma, and of course, emotions, long bubbling away beneath the surface, to transform the the rugged cliffs and coast land into something both sinister and deadly.
Recommended for readers of high-quality suspense, this is a new author to this reader and one to definitely read more of.
A great big thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book. All thoughts provided are my own.
*This title will be released on January 2024.