The novel starts with an ominous and symbolic instant that triggers the unravelling of the past and – eventually also – the present for our heroine Karen. A brief mental flash sends her back twelve years, into the world of her childhood with female rivalries, pecking order and admiration for the powerful Serena.
A strong disturbance from this memory leads Karen to go on the hunt for a memory that seems suppressed – but it is a tough undertaking.
The story moves at a fast pace with excellently executed chilling, psychological suspense. Observing our main character at different times, at different ages, was particularly enjoyable. The peer pressure, the cruelty of children and the politics between ten year olds, the mind games and the difficulties to navigate them sane and unharmed are perfectly portrayed. The far reaching consequences that this can have , long into adult life, and the grey areas of moral right and wrong are two of many thought-provoking aspects of this book.
This is very enjoyable, a compelling read and page turner, with skilled writing and tight editing.
The characters and story made a deep and lasting impression on me.
I was lucky enough to have received an ARC for this book by the publishers.
When they were ten everybody wanted to be Serena’s friend, to find themselves one of the inner circle. But doing so meant proving your worth, and doing that often had consequences it’s not nice to think about – not even thirty-five years later.
Karen Rothwell is randomly reminded of an incident in her childhood which just as suddenly becomes an obsession. It takes her on a journey into a land of secrets and lies; it means finding that gang of girls from Marsh Green Junior School and most importantly of all finding Serena Whinn.
Praise for Thorne Moore’s novels
‘A true page turner’– www.gwales.com
‘The most chilling part of Thorne Moore’s skill is the way that she represents evil’ – Helen Tozer, sideline jelly
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1Ruu9m1
Oh, and find her at the Tenby Book Fair on September 24th.