Ten years ago, a boy named Samuel Murray went missing from the quiet village of Buckthorpe and was never seen again.
Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.
Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…
A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.
When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…
OMG another small town mystery filled with twists and creepy characters. I do enjoy these kinds of settings though such books do make me fear small towns.
The story introduces us to estranged sisters, Heather and Rosie who go back home when their mother falls ill. However, the two soon find out that they are not wanted in the town. Buckthorpe is one of those towns where everyone knows everyone and their business. It seems that there are people holding grudges against the sisters and this is not the kind of place where you would like to have enemies. This is a town where secrets are buried for decades. It is also a town where people own shotguns which they are not afraid to use to ensure that the secrets remain buried.
The setting for this mystery was befitting. It helped in escalating the tension in the narrative. The hostile town with so many gun owners and crooked sheriffs had me tense wondering where the story would go.
I love how the author revealed the secrets through the chapters by peeling back layer by layer. With so many secrets, I could only guess some of them. Most made my jaw drop.
This is an entertaining, captivating, twisty read full of secrets and lies.