I got this book some time ago when it was free so did not quite know exactly what it would be like. I was pleasantly surprised and , though there was some 'cultish' elements to the story line, it was a good thriller. 4 *
Thoroughly enjoyed this twisty tale fraught with family undertones. I am now waiting to reconnect with the protagonist in Ms. Mulrooney's next book (at least, I hope there's another one in the same vein). This novel underscores early connections that play with fate to the detriment of a person's future. GM manages to intertwine characterisation with the telling of a tale in atmospheric surroundings. I saw only one loose thread which I hope will be tidied up in the next book. As always Ms. Mulrooney's characters are not necessarily likeable; some are barely to be tolerated, yet at the same time the reader feels a certain sneaky sympathy with them. Ms. Mulrooney leaves open the question, "Well, what would you do under the same circumstances?" She emphasises the fallibility of human beings.
I would definitely recommend this novel to readers who appreciate a more erudite mystery read.