Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.
Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.
Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.
Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.
‘Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head. ‘
I loved this book! Ever since I’ve read the blurb for it I’ve wanted to read it and it finally made it up to the top of my TBR list. It actually shoved quite a few books out of the way to get to the top, but to be honest, I wasn’t disappointed in its violent tendency for supremacy in this aspect. It deserved to be read and to be enjoyed. It’s a book I could read again if I was the type of person to read books a second time – but with a teetering TBR pile, that is a difficult option.
Kavanagh sets the scene so wonderfully as mental is crunching and Cecelia is falling. She takes you straight to the heart of the action. The scene itself is beautifully cast as there is heavy snow in the air and on the ground and hot metal and burning fires. I felt so completely drawn in.
It’s this setting of the cold, thick snow that seeps through the entire book with you that holds your feet firmly in place. Maybe it’s just me and cold settings but I love them.
As the blurb indicates the book envelopes four people and they between them tell the story of the crash, the murder, before and after. Each chapter with each person feels honest and raw and heartfelt. Kavanagh’s use of language and setting is evocative. The cold snow driven landscape is a wonderful backdrop to the emotions that are so startlingly drawn. You can feel yourself there in the cold and in the moment with each character quite clearly.
It’s expertly plotted as the storyline interweaves the characters lives gently and smoothly, while all the time leaving you just that little out of breath for the next part.
I couldn’t stop turning the pages. This was the second book in a week to keep me up in the night until I’d finished it. It is unique and clever.
I loved this and would recommend it to crime fiction fans.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy.
You can find Emma Kavanagh’s First Draft Q&A that she did on the blog in June, Here.
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