Julia returns to the tiny village where she lived as a child with her sister Caroline and her parents. Her memories of her childhood are overshadowed by her sister Caroline's behaviour and the said and unsaid perceptions of people in the area towards her family. The Aldridge family hate her guts and do not want her back and others are more restrained, but not overwhelmingly welcoming or friendly.
Julia who turns to Amy in desperation for help as she seems incapacitated by the death of her beloved husband Alain and particularly wants protection for her daughter Vivianne who is acting stranger and stranger by the day.
Amy who is not willing to be a bystander to what is happening at the cottage literally unlocks a can of worms and we have the spirit world, a conspiracy by three influential people in the village, present and past child sex abuse and a whole mystery and murder hidden for over thirty years. Unraveling the story and giving Caroline justice after all these years is Amy's goal and that she finds love whilst doing it is the icing on the cake.
Very good characterization, nice story telling and a story which keeps one on the edge.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Random House UK Transworld Publishers.