My thanks to Netgalley for the review copy. Published by Little, Brown Book (Sphere) on 10 March 2015.
What it’s about:
What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime? One night changed everything. A father murdered in his bed. A mother beaten almost to death. A daughter who claims she knew nothing about her boyfriend’s murderous plans. But is she telling the truth? Hanna can’t remember the details of what happened that traumatic night, she barely survived the brutal assault that left her a widow. However, if she is to keep her husband’s killer in jail, she knows she has to try. But Hanna hadn’t realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter…
This was a very cleverly plotted novel showing the devastating effects on Hanna and her family following a vicious attack which killed her husband and she was lucky to survive. Hanna has always believed her daughter Dawn innocent of any involvement and with no memory of the incident, Dawn was never charged. We find about Dawn’s difficult childhood, the events around the time of the attack and the present day mostly through Hanna’s recollections. However, there is the big gap in her memory about the night itself. We gradually begin to learn about the events of the night through newspaper reports, court testimony, transcripts of interviews and through the recounting of the evening by friends and neighbours. I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for Hanna given what she has gone through and is still recovering from. When Dawn moves home she desperately wants this to be a fresh start for her damaged daughter. Despite evidence to the contrary including the beginning of some flashback memories, Hanna wants to believe her daughter is innocent. There are suggestions that other people may have been involved and Hanna is determined to discover the truth about the night and prove her daughter’s innocence. The part of the book where she finally discovers what really happened and recovers her memories is quite unsettling. I cannot say more without spoiling what is a very well constructed novel. I would just add that as I neared the end, I really did not want to put it down as I, like Hanna, was desperate to discover the truth.