Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.
1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.
Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost forever …
Read her letter. Remember her story …
So far I’ve made it through the first 54 pages (6 chapters), and I’m completely hooked. The entire story takes place over 3 days, with some flashbacks woven throughout. And as I’ve said in the past, I love a dual timeline because it helps to build a great amount of mystery and suspense while I try to figure out how the storylines are going to merge.
I’m also loving the distinct personalities sprinkled throughout. I can’t handle a book filled with the same personality behind every face. I need characters who feel realistic and human, and Gunnis has nailed it this far.I’ll do my best to get back here with a full review after I finish. What I can say so far: I’ve already started a list of people I’m going to be recommending this one to.
**I’m participating in an Instagram blog tour for this title, and wanted to share it here as well because I’m enjoying it so much.
Book stats: paperback, 384 pages, Headline, July 30, 2019