Let the dead stay dead.
Clara Marsh is an undertaker. She spends her solitary life among the dead and bids them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. But Clara’s carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlour, desperate for a friend.
It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn that Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between her solitary but steadfast existence and the perils of binding one’s life to another.
Clara’s search for the girl pulls her into a spiralling series of events that threaten to endanger the few people Clara has grown to love – and finally brings her own tragic and long-buried past to the surface.
The Unforgotten was an emotionally charged read, with a hugely compelling character in Clara and a melodic, melancholy feel to the writing that really brought you right into the centre of her world.
A forgotten child, a lonely child and Clara, offering a unique, fascinating insight into what is going on around her creates a strong and atmospheric mystery element wrapped up in a beautifully complex character drama.
The small town vibe, the weird and wonderful inner thinking and a cast of eclectic and intriguing characters makes for an utterly riveting, often unexpected and very dark literary page turner.
I loved it
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