My rating: 4 of 5 stars
New mother, happily married and successful writer – three remarks that perfectly describe our feisty main character – Samantha. The story begins with her recent move from busy and noisy London back to her home town – Ilfracombe. The relocation went nice and smooth, her son Caleb and husband Mo seem to adjust and favor the new home. And so did Sam, until old ghosts started to make a fresh appearance in her new life.
Never Have I Ever Been Punished For What I Have Done…
Seriously, if I would ever receive that kind of note, I would pack up my life and move far far away from a creepy place and weirdos that write such threats. But of course, Sam decides to stand her grounds and find and confront her bully. In order to do so, Sam must go down her memory lane, reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. What first sounded like a good plan – started to bring back the memories Samantha spend twenty-three years to forget.
Should the past be left in the past? And what sacrifices a woman can make to keep her family safe?
Well written, dark, disturbing, twisty, and unsettling. Looking forward to reading more from the talented author. Thank you, NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.