by Cara Reinard
January 1-31, 2021 Tour
It’s what Sarah Ellsworth dreamed of. Marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Martin. Living in a historic mansion in Pennsylvania’s most exclusive borough. And Finn, a teenage son with so much promise. Until…A call for help in the middle of the night leads Sarah and Martin to the woods, where they find Finn, injured, dazed, and weeping near his girlfriend’s dead body. Convinced he’s innocent, Sarah and Martin agree to protect their son at any cost and not report the crime.
But there are things Sarah finds hard to reconcile: a cover-up by Martin’s family that’s so unnervingly cold-blooded. Finn’s lies to the authorities are too comfortable, too proficient, not to arouse her suspicions. Even the secrets of the old house she lives in seem to be connected to the incident. As each troubling event unfolds, Sarah must decide how far she’ll go to save her perfect life.
Sweet Water Reviews:
“An unsparing account of ‘rich people problems’ that goes on forever, like all the best nightmares." —Kirkus Reviews
I did not find this novel to be a page turning one. It is a book for readers who like lots of back story, lots about each of the characters (whether primary or not), and much more about the current situation than is necessary for an engaging plot. All the main characters are deeply flawed and it was hard for me to find any of them attractive.
The redeeming aspect of this novel is the primary issue about which the plot revolves. One may think that a crime has been successfully covered up but there are always ramifications that will surface at some time. There is a current crime/murder in the plot and, through flashbacks, the hint of a previous one or two. I found the flashback chapters often served to interrupt the flow of the narrative. There are some twists to the plot but Reinard was clear enough on the hints that the twists were not really surprising.
This novel is a study of how the wealthy and influential may think they can successfully hide family moral failures no matter who they hurt in the process. In that sense, the novel is a study in deceptive character more than a murder mystery.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Genre: Domestic Thriller, Crime Fiction
Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: January 1st 2021
Number of Pages: 364
ISBN: 1542024935 (ISBN13: 978-1542024938)
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