Summary: A suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare…
Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . .
Review: 4 stars
This book is incredible. Typically I like my books move faster than this, but I adored this book. The slow pace got me emotionally invested in the story. I cried, I got angry and I found myself giddy at times as well. The writing is great, but the character development is what made me feel so emotionally connected to the story.
I kept hearing about this book, which is one of the reasons I picked it up now rather than later, but for some reason I really didn’t expect it to be anything special. I was so wrong. The writing captured emotions through dialogue in a way that made you feel like you were present in the story it didn’t feel like a novel, it felt real.
This story is told in the third person, from the story line in 1950 and one in 2014. That chapters switch back and forth, keeping the pace of the book moving. The two plot lines meet as Fiona tries to piece together the clues to a cold case. I found myself way more emotionally invested then I typically get with mysteries because of Simone St. James haunting and electric prose. This book is getting attention for a reason, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.