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A child lies in an unmarked grave, another missing without a trace.
Dora’s life is a mess. Her husband has left her for another woman, she can’t pay the bills, and most days she doesn’t bother to get dressed. She feels life couldn’t get any worse, then her oldest friend, Eddie, is murdered. Before Eddie died he told Dora a shocking secret. A secret she wishes she didn’t know. She is not the only one who knows Eddie secret. Someone wants Eddie silenced for good and they are coming after Dora.
As Dora uncovers Eddie’s past she learns of a place called Blue Hollow where an unimaginable crime took place. Now Dora knows the truth of what happened there. Why an innocent man rots in jail. The secret has already taken four lives. She has a choice, bury the past with Eddie or become the next victim of Blue Hollow.
This novel has completely and utterly blown me away. It’s simply thrilling, heart breaking and raw and no words I can write will do this book justice.
The main protagonist Dora is really well written. She’s an endearing, soon to be divorced novelist who has a mousy disposition and has become a bit of a recluse since her cheating husband left. She is an instantly likeable character and is so ordinary that she’s perfect. Her responses and reactions to situations are realistic and as a reader I was with her every step of the way.
The plot begins with a tense opening chapter that cause some serious cracks in my heart and it only intensified with each chapter. Told between two different times, the plot moves along at a swift pace and always change time perspectives right on a cliff hanger which drove me insane but made for a more compulsive read.
In the present day we follow Dora as she searches for the truth behind her ‘Uncle’ Eddie’s life. These details are scattered and divided across a series of tapes recorded by Eddie. But, it seems Dora is not the only one who is trying to track them down. As dora navigates a world that is unknown to her, she has no idea who to trust and who to run from. I felt myself equally as paranoid and every time a new character appeared I would find myself scrutinising their every move and motive and never really trusting anyone but Dora throughout the whole thing. Rees-Price does an amazing job of transferring Dora’s paranoia and distrust through the character building and storytelling.
The chapters in the past are told through Eddie’s tapes and paint a sad and heartbreaking story of childhood trauma and the repercussions.
The whole novel is a sensitive window into child abuse and trauma with a thrilling and intense plot running though. It’s not an easy book to read at times but it is just written with such sensitivity that I found myself completely convinced I was reading a true story at some points.
Superbly written and highly recommended.
Author Bio – Cheryl Rees-Price
Cheryl Rees-Price was born in Cardiff and moved as a young child to a small ex-mining village on the edge of the Black Mountains, South Wales, where she still lives with her husband, daughters and two cats. After leaving school she worked as a legal clerk for several years before leaving to raise her two daughters.
Cheryl returned to education, studying philosophy, sociology and accountancy whilst working as a part time book keeper. She now works as a finance director for a company that delivers project management and accounting services.
In her spare time Cheryl indulges in her passion for writing, the success of writing plays for local performances gave her the confidence to write her first novel. Her other hobbies include walking and gardening which free her mind to develop plots and create colourful characters.
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