A psychological thriller from a new author to me, US writer Karen Dionne. The tale is told from two distinct points of view – the ‘now’ told by Rachel, initially languishing in a mental institution for fifteen years, traumatised after the killing of her parents, a crime she believes she committed, and the ‘then’ narrated by her mother, a parent who realises her other daughter, Diane, suffers from severe psychological problems to such an extent that the family uproot themselves and move to a secluded property in a remote location to minimise any contact with outsiders. After being convinced she could not have been responsible for her parents death, Rachel journeys back to the old family estate to try and regain her memories of what actually happened on that fateful day. I won’t give away any more of the plot, but suffice to say there’s a sense of creeping dread that builds as the book progresses. In fact, this story is as dark as one of Grimm’s gory original fairy tales, and for me the writing does, at times, get a little bit too bloodthirsty in its vivid detail.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Worth investigating as a holiday read if you like your thrillers twisted, brutal and dark.
One thing you’ve learned
This is a novel that tries to untangle a complex relationship based on the conflicting emotions of love and evil, guilt and betrayal, one that keeps up the suspense to the very end and ultimately asks can nurture really overcome nature.