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February 22, 2016



Published in hardback 10th March by Harlequin

Journalist Sarah Quinlan thought that her husband Jack’s parents died in a car crash when he was a teenager which is why he and his younger sister Amy were brought up by relatives. The accident has haunted him ever since and he hasn’t been home to Penny Falls, Lowa in over twenty years. But when Amy calls to say that their beloved aunt Julia is seriously ill, Jack must return and confront the past.
Arriving in the small town, Sarah and Jack are warmly welcomed by the family he left behind. Everyone is gathered at Julia’s beside, hoping that she will recover from her fall that has left her in a coma. But as disturbing facts about Julia’s accident surface, Sarah realises that nothing about the Quinlans is as it seems. And as Julia’s health deteriorates, fingers start to point and tension rise.
When Amy lets slip that there is more to their own mother’s death than Jack has let on, Sarah knows she must find out more. Looking through old newspapers, she discovers that Lydia Quinlan was bludgeoned to death in the cellar of the family home and Jack was the one who found the body. His father disappeared and the brutal murder that rocked the community has never been solved.
As she delves deeper, Sarah realises her own life is in danger and someone is prepared to go to extreme lengths to ensure that the truth stays buried.
I am a great fan of Heather Gudenkauf. I have read The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. I also bought my daughter One Breath Away to read.
You can imagine the scene with the May sunshine and Lydia making Waffles topped with strawberries and freshly whipped cream. But everything went horrible wrong.
As Lydia went in to her cellar to get something out of her freezer, someone gave her a striking blow. Lydia knew who it was before being struck in the temple, their eyes locking one last time. The question is who killed Lydia?
Jack had been seen to argue with his parents on more than one occasion and once even more violently. Not one person that was interviewed who knew Lydia and her husband John Tierney, could ever recall a fight, a disagreement or harsh words between them. So who was the person that Lydia see that she knew before she died and who wanted to hurt her and why?
What I liked about this story is that quite a lot goes on in Penny Falls, Lowa with quite a few family secrets.

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