Like most of other reviewers I do not know where to start. The book starts in the present, goes back and then ends in the present itself. When reading it it is not confusing it is the review that is a bit difficult to start!
The MacBrides are the normal family. They have always got together and gone for Bonfire Night to Devon. That has been a family tradition. This time there are several things going awry. Lydia the mother and someone who kept everyone glued together is dead after a trying bout with cancer. Sophie is trying to repair her marriage and Felix for the first time has brought a girlfriend to what is family time and things are a bit awkward.
From the beginning you do know that Kerry is not going to fit in. You really cant put your finger on it but you know that something is off. The entire smokescreen of course is elsewhere.
Along with the MacBride family we have a parallel story of Darcy and his mother. Their long running feud with a prestigious school The Cath is acrimonious and bitter. They have focused their hatred on its Principal now retired. They will not let go. It is almost a jihad with them.
How the two stories mesh and blend and when you begin to see the light of how the stories are evolving it is almost at the end of the tale. A book that will keep you turning the pages as you have to know what happened to the baby, what happened to everyone. And most importantly the reasoning or the madness behind it all.
My first read of this author. Not my last! Thank you Jackie for sending me this one.