Synopsis

The author of What Lies in the Woods returns with a novel about three sisters, two murders, and too many secrets to count.

Emma hasn’t told her husband much about her past. He knows her parents are dead and she hasn’t spoken to her sisters in years. Then they lose their apartment, her husband gets laid off, and Emma discovers she’s pregnant―right as the bank account slips into the red.

That’s when Emma confesses that she has one more asset: her parents’ house, which she owns jointly with her estranged sisters. They can’t sell it, but they can live in it. But returning home means that Emma is forced to reveal her secrets to her husband: that the house is not a run-down farmhouse but a stately mansion, and that her parents died there.

Were murdered.

And that some people say Emma did it.

Emma and her sisters have never spoken about what really happened that night. Now, her return to the house may lure her sisters back, but it will also crack open family and small-town secrets lots of people don’t want revealed. As Emma struggles to reconnect with her old family and hold together her new one, she begins to realize that the things they have left unspoken all these years have put them in danger again.

Audiobook Review

4,5 Stars

First, congrats to Karissa Vacker who once more did a flawless narration of that psychological thriller!

The story centers around the Palmer sisters who went through a traumatic event in their teens.

Juliette was the eldest and the model child, her mother’s favorite.

Daphne was the youngest, her father’s favorite and a very peculiar child with sociopathic tendencies.

Emma was the middle child. She was a rebel, an artist and couldn’t please their parents.

To say the girls lives have been abusive is an understatement. The Palmer’s house was no picnic and every girl hated their parents.

Yet when said parents are found murdered, Emma will devise a plan to protect her sisters. Said plan will backfire and present her as the main suspect in her parents murder case.

All girls will be scattered across the country, sent to foster families, never speaking with each other again until Emma, out of necessity,  comes back home with her husband.

Said husband was ignorant of Emma’s past but he’ll realize soon enough that his wife is not the beloved child of the town.

What will follow will be a back and forth between the sister’s past and their present, where the past is threatening their lives once more and finding “who did it” is essential to their survival.

This is a twisted psychological thriller with bits of truths slowly being revealed. I have seen that many didn’t guess who did what while I had (to my utter astonishment). I was totally immersed in that story, loved every complicated bit of it but the ending left me with a chill. Like an open ending that is not an open ending but still leaves you extremely uncomfortable.

Well done once again Kate Alice Marshall!

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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