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August 23, 2013



Five Friends. An abandoned house. A secret they can’t bury.

On a glorious summer day in 1980 five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the heart of the English countryside. Isolated and rundown, It offers a retreat, somewhere they can escape from the real world. For Kat, it’s a stay of execution, living there for a year will surely give Simon the time to fall in love withe her. For Simon, the cottage is a way to avoid his parents expectations and his impending legal career. For all of them. It’s a chance to live the dream, with lazy summer days by the lake and intimate winter evenings around the fire. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will ever be the same again…

Three decades later, Lila arrives at the remote cottage. Bruised from a tragic accident and with her marriage in crisis, she finds renovating the tumbled-down house gives her a reward sense of purpose. Little by little she wonders about the cottage’s previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? And why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about the place and, even worse , a bullet hole evident in a kitchen beam?. Most disturbing of all. why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her?.

Hannah Richell instantly draws you into her story. It is powerful, real and memorable. You will be reading well into the late hours. It is a compelling tale of grief and forgiveness.

Tension fills the group of teenagers living in the cottage when one of the girls tells them a secret about  their sister. One of the girl’s can not take any more living the way they are and a tragedy strikes which had me in tears.

Lila who is having marriage problems when she was pregnant she fell down the stairs. Lila believes she was pushed. Lila has to live with the harrowing facts that her baby did not live that long after lila’s fall.

The Shadow Year is an engrossing and cleaver tale with clever twist and turns.

About the author

Hannah Richell grew up in Buckinghamshire after spending her early childhood in Canada. She now lives with her husband and two young children in Sydney.

Published 26th September 2013

Published by Orion

Published paperback ISBN  9781409142997

Hardback ISBN  9781409142980

Happy reading to all



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