Undoubtedly the author can write a good tale around a dark subject and this one was very disturbing covering child abuse in depth (but not in graphic detail) and it did make for quite uncomfortable reading.
It is more a family saga than a thriller, in my view, covering the lives of two families and the villagers around them. There were some points where the cast of characters was so large that I lost track a little but that didn’t deter me from the story. In all an enjoyable if uncomfortable read.
This is the second book by Laura Elliot that I have read and I didn’t find it quite as accomplished as the last book (The Betrayal) but still definitely in the solid 4* category for me.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.