What’s it about?
Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.
But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.
What secret has Kate stumbled upon?
And is she strong enough to uncover the truth . . . and make it out alive?
I received this book from the publisher some time ago so you may well have seen several reviews already on other blogs but here I am to chuck in my two pence worth.
I don’t recall reading a book before that tackled PTSD and mental health issues and certainly not one dealing with alcoholism and from my limited knowledge of both the plotlines came across as realistic.
Both sisters are battling their own demons – Kate’s experiences in Syria have obviously been very traumatic and as a reader I appreciated this all the more because you know stuff like this is happening every day there; whilst Sally has taken quite a different path with the events surrounding the estrangement from her daughter.
When Kate returns to her mother’s house the events that unravel there are all very unsettling, unnerving and are pitched really well. As readers, we’re led to believe she’s not in the best frame of mind which raises the whole unreliable narrator thread.
This book is very much a book of two halves; the first being very slow. It didn’t really help that I didn’t like Kate’s voice so it kind of dragged much more for me. The second half is a lot more pacier and as I preferred Sally’s voice I sped through much quicker.
Unusually for me I had confirmed suspicions of who was behind the mystery of next door but would never have predicted the lengths and extremes to which that person had gone to and for that I commend the author. Unfortunately the second half didn’t save it for me and I would give it 3.5* as a rating.
Small print for info
No of pages: 400