Today I’m reviewing the latest book by the author of One of Us is Lying, a book which I’ve been tempted to read for ages but not actually read yet. However, after reading the book for this blog tour I will definitely be reading the above and the follow up to it. Anyway, read on for some book description and my review. Many thanks to The Write Reads for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Storys are the envy of their neighbours: owners of the largest property on their East Coast island, they are rich, beautiful, and close. Until it all falls apart. The four children are suddenly dropped by their mother with a single sentence:
You know what you did.
They never hear from her again.
Years later, when 18-year-old cousins Aubrey, Milly and Jonah Story receive a mysterious invitation to spend the summer at their grandmother’s resort, they have no choice but to follow their curiosity and meet the woman who’s been such an enigma their entire lives.
This entire family is built on secrets, right? It’s the Story legacy.
This summer, the teenagers are determined to discover the truth at the heart of their family. But some secrets are better left alone.
The Review: So I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as it’s written for an audience that is younger than I am. However, it’s a book that can be read by any age, it’s written in such a way that it just grabbed me and kept me reading. I finished this in one day which is not something that happens often.
I really enjoyed this book, it would appeal to anyone who likes psychological thrillers and mysteries. The story, as the blurb says, revolves around the Story family and the mystery of what happened years ago when their mother disowned them and cut off all contact. Suddenly, one day the grandchildren receive letters inviting them to the family island for the summer but all is not as it seems. The grandchildren are all 17/18 years old and I feel that the book is aimed at that age group but as I’ve said, it can be read by other age groups too. The Story grandchildren are smart and more sensible than their parents seem to give them credit for, and it was good to see their character development through the book. They deal with a variety of situations really well and the relationship between the three of them really makes the story work.
The descriptions of the other characters and the island itself are really well-written and definitely got me involved in the the three main characters and how they were affected by what happened. The plot went in directions that I didn’t expect but it fitted with the story and the backstory that had been developed, which is exactly what you want in a good book.
If you’ve read others by this author, or like me seen the books and wondered about them, then I would definitely recommend this one. It’s a really good read that will keep you coming back for more.