Family ties so strong you can’t escape…
Mary Olivia Pentecost, known as Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country—and one of the most guarded. Now, two years after her mother’s mysterious death, Mop is seeking closure on the disquieting tragedy by returning to the New England seaside estate of her cloistered Aunty Liv—once her closest relative and confidante.
But behind the walls of the isolated estate, the shadows of the past are darker than Mop imagined. The puzzles of the family history are not to be shared, but unearthed. With each revelation comes a new, foreboding threat—and for Mop, the grave suspicion that to discover Aunty Liv’s secrets is to become a prisoner of them.
How well do we know the people we love? How well do we want to know them? The answers are as twisted as a tangle of vines in this throat-clutching novel of psychological suspense.
I was really drawn to this book by this review for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is set in one of my favourite locales, New England, and Abby (the person behind this excellent blog) states that the writing really brings the locale to life in all its crumbling glory. Secondly, Abby describes the story as immersive, and this is one of the main things I am looking for in a good book, the ability to be completely transported from real life into the story, so I am living, breathing and feeling it along with the characters. When someone of Abby’s credentials mentions this as the strength of a book, any sensible person is going to take notice.
Everything about this book just jumps out as something I will enjoy from this review, from the rich prose to the insane characters, and this review is the perfect example of why I love Abby’s blog so much. Her reviews are so well-considered and detailed. She really explains what she does and does not love in a book and exactly why so that the reader can make an informed decision as to why this may or may not be the book for them. I doubt anyone who buys a novel on the strength of one of Abby’s reviews is going to feel short-changed.