Standalone or series
First time reading this author?
Why I picked this
I enjoy a revenge/past coming back to haunt you story, and from book description this looked like it had promise.
Review copy or purchase
Review copy via publisher Bookouture and NetGalley UK in exchange for an honest review.
What it’s about
Harry, Paige and Richard were best friends at school. Now grown up Harry is the only one of the trio who left their small English town. He’s living in Canada when the call comes from Paige – Richard has been accused of murdering one of their former teachers. Harry drops everything to fly home. He’s hoping to find something to clear Richard’s name, but the only way to do that might be to reveal a 20-year-old secret Harry promised never to share.
When Harry gets a call from home to say one of his best childhood friends has been arrested for murder, he drops everything in his new life in Canada to go back to England.
Richard has been charged with the murder of their old teacher Mr Wilson. Harry doesn’t believe Richard could do it and together with Paige, the third member of their teenage trio of friends, he tries to find something to help prove Richard’s innocence.
Bad memories from the past come to the surface, and Harry learns that life for those he left behind has been tough. Slowly he begins to wonder whether his belief in the innocence of the people who knew as a teen is blinding him to how much they have changed.
Everything in this story is from Harry’s perspective, so from the start we’re sure of Richard’s innocence. But, as Harry uncovers details about the lives Richard and Paige are leading now, and the realises how much he was either ignorant of or has forgotten from their teenage years, he begins to doubt everyone around them.
A great story about how hard it is to return home and the power childhood friendships and promises can retain over us as adults.
Overall a good thriller. Lots of suspense and moral ambiguity kept me engaged right to the end. A recommended read.