Publication Date: 5th November from Bonnier Publishing/Twenty7books
1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.
2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .
Bearing the scars of a recent divorce – and the splatters of two young children – Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she’s invited to travel all the way out to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman’s will, she can barely be bothered to make the journey.
But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage, worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There’s just one problem – Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash.
Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . .
The Hidden Legacy is an atmospheric and beautifully written novel, a place where past and present collide – the type of story that keeps you hooked into the narrative all the way, some great characters and a really intriguing mystery angle.
So we have Ellen then, who after a letter from a solicitor travels to the West Country, only to find she has been left a cottage by a woman she has never heard of. Further investigation will reveal hidden secrets – at the same time we learn about the most horrific of acts committed by a child long ago and as the two sides of the story merge it is fascinating and compelling reading.
We have three different viewpoints and three different timelines within “The Hidden Legacy” all of which are written with a descriptively intuitive style, after just a few pages I was hopelessly addicted. Mr Minett manages all of the different threads perfectly, drip feeding clues and information, adding depth to his characters throughout and making you avidly turn the pages to discover the final resolution.
There are twists and turns to be had along the way, an interesting take on how we view child killers which really gets you thinking and the whole story was riveting to say the least. There is a thoughtful and vivid writing style here which really appealed and overall I thought this was a really really excellent debut.
Will definitely be looking out for more from this author.
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Paperback available March 2016.
Happy Reading Folks!