Following the death of her youngest daughter, wealthy but slightly reclusive housewife Kate throws her energies into a charity formed under her late daughter’s name and in her memory. As the charity grows Kate's life becomes more public and her past comes back to haunt her. Kate is not really who she says she is. Her real name is Emma and as a promising 18-year old student she back packed across Europe and whatever happened on that trip made her change her identity on returning to the UK.
This is a student's last summer before settling down type book (think Barbara Vine's Fatal Inversion, Diane Janes Pull of the Moon and Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree), where the main character is haunted by events from their past which would bring their worlds tumbling down if they ever came to light.
I liked it and found it to be quite nostalgic. The hot summer of 1980, the European currency differences, the no contact with home unless you reversed the charges and the cheap student hostels were all wonderfully described. The story is a little far-fetched and predictable in places, but it was an enjoyable book overall.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4137 KB
- Print Length: 450 pages
- Publisher: Headline (19 June 2014)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HW2EB4A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 44 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)