Miranda Wallace (43), her husband David and daughter Anabel (8) moved from Chelsea to a village called Helesbury for a new start. Everything is going well, Miranda set up a book club, which is very successful and she is seen as the Queen Bee of the village. She also has a wonderful best friend in Evie. But one evening, newcomer to the village Verity turns up at the book club, cosying up to Evie and putting Miranda’s nose right out of joint!
The book is written in chapters, some in the present (2019) where characters are being questioned at Gloucester Police Station, some labelled BEFORE and others in a time inbetween where we follow the developing story. The 2019 chapters are especially intriguing and you want to find out what they are referring to.
Miranda is a strange character and I found I didn’t like her too much, I much preferred Hatty! But it didn’t stop me wanting to read and discover her story and what was really going on with Miranda, Evie and Verity – and how it all tied in to the other parts of the book.
Helesbury is a very realistic village too. Having lived in a small village (and even set up a book club there!), I could definitely relate to the atmosphere where they live – in both good and bad ways. It can feel very safe, but also villages do feel like if you sneeze one end of the village, they hear about it the other end within minutes.
The book keeps you guessing all the way through and all my guesses were wrong! The twists and turns keep coming, right until the end.
8 out of 10
In the quiet village of Helesbury, Miranda Wallace prides herself on being the most popular member of her small social circle; the perfect friend, the best mum – the queen bee.
Until one day, Verity arrives. Cool and indifferent, Verity is everything Miranda isn’t, but she threatens to shatter Miranda’s picture-perfect life.
Suddenly plagued with insecurities, Miranda is certain Verity is hiding something. And Miranda knows all about secrets and the damage they can cause, because she’s hiding some of her own.
So when Verity threatens to reveal the truth about Miranda and destroy the perfect life she’s built, Miranda knows she has to act to protect the people she loves – even if the results are deadly.
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Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.
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