To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions.
Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible…
And suspicion is a dangerous thing.
Fallen Angel finds the indomitable Mr Brookmyre returning to crime on earth, with a psychological thriller which is beautifully written and even more beautifully unpredictable.
Fallen Angel tells the tale of a family divided by tragedy returning years later to the scene of the “crime” and facing some absolute truths that have been buried for a long time. This is a toxic family situation if ever you saw one, underneath the rich facade lies a terrible darkness.
This author does characters oh so very well, layering them cleverly, evoking an emotional response in the reader whether that be distaste, utter loathing or random sympathy.
A twisty mystery indeed and one that unravels slowly over the course of the telling, highly intriguing, fascinatingly insightful with a premise ripped straight from the headlines.
One for conspiracy theorists everywhere. I loved it.