A SLOW RUIN by Pamela Crane
Oliver and Felicity Portman are married with three children – Vera, Eliot and Sydney. Oliver’s brother Cody is married to Marin. Marin is jealous of Felicity, who has a huge Victorian mansion. Marin often feels she married the wrong brother and hates living in their house which always needs work doing to it to stop it falling apart.
A Slow Ruin features chapters written from both Felicity and Marin’s viewpoints. There are also chapters of newspaper reports about Alvera Fields, a Suffragette who went missing on April 16th, 1910. Her great-great-granddaughter Vera goes missing on April 16th, 2021 – 111 years later. When Felicity reads her daughter’s journal, she finds more secrets – and who is this mysterious BS who is regularly mentioned?
None of the adults are particularly nice characters, but so many of them seem to have deep, dark secrets, that you want to read on to find out what happens. I finished this book in a couple of days, it was an easy read and an intriguing storyline with lots of twists and turns. As you would hope, all the loose threads are tied up at the end to give you a satisfactory conclusion.
I enjoyed how current the book feels too. There are references to Covid and the 2021 Olympics (and being a gymnastics fan, I was thrilled to find Simone Biles mentioned too!) and I liked the modern feel.
8 out of 10