Release: 7th February 2019
Synopsis: In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good. There’s just one problem. Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.
Do you ever really know the people in your neighborhood? This book just proves that no mater how well you think you know someone, you never know what will be lurking around the corner.
I absolutely loved Jo’s previous book, The Confession, so I went into this one with really high expectations and it did not disappoint at all! The writing style was once again so captivating that I never wanted to put it down, because it was all I could think about.
The mixture of characters was brilliant, and I loved how they all had such different personalities, but also had something to hide. I really like a thriller where you never know who to trust, including having an unreliable narrator, and this was that in every way.
Olive was such a great main character, and I loved that we got to see the story not only from the suspects perspective, but also from the “victims” perspective, so we could get an idea of what the neighbourhood was like before the murder happened. Her narrative also led all the characters down different paths and just when I thought I knew what happened, the story took a turn and I was left begging for more information.
This book was truly one of the best thrillers I’ve read all year, and just cements for me just how much of a talented writer Jo Spain is. She captures the action of a thriller, with the foreboding mystery of a murder, and combines it with a wonderfully diverse set of suspects that leaves you on the edge of your seat.
If you haven’t read a Jo Spain book yet – I highly recommend that you do!
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