Gilly MacMillan has earned a place on my must read list. After the last few lackluster mysteries it was a pleasure to tuck into a book that I couldn’t put down. I like a book with lots of twists and revelations.
The story takes place in an old English estate. Seven year old Jocelyn Holt was a little girl when her beloved nanny Hannah Burgess up and disappeared. The little girl was devastated as she seemed to love her more than her own mother, Lady Virginia Holt.
What happened to Hannah Burgess?
Thirty years pass and Jocelyn, now called Jo, returns to the Holt estate due to financial difficulties after her husband dies. She brings her young daughter Ruby along and while she struggled with a relationship with her estranged mother, she has no choice but to live there. She can’t understand the warm connection Ruby has to her mother Virginia.
One day Ruby and Jo take a kayak out on Lake Hall and drift toward an island. Ruby discovers a skull near the shoreline and we are on our way to an interesting mystery. Could it be Jo’s nanny Hannah who disappeared in the late 198o’s? It all wraps up nicely but you’ll be in for quite a few surprises. You will simultaneously dislike and feel very sorry for Virginia Holt as her character develops.
This is a dysfunctional family but it’s due to outside influences, in my opinion. Great read, lots of intrigue and I will certainly be looking for more of MacMillan’s novels.
Much thanks to LibraryThing for this advanced copy of the book. Grab a copy when it comes out September 10, 2019.
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