Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.
They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past. Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.
But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way — even if it kills her. Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.
Oh my God what a brilliant book. Ridiculously far-fetched at times – did no-one ever check or investigate or even visit the house – but hey ho, it’s fiction. Two of the most ghastly and wicked protagonists I have ever come across but nail-bitingly good and full of unexpected twists right up to the end.
Some bits will really shock until you say ‘please no more’ but still it goes on. On a number of occasions I had to hide behind the sofa metaphorically speaking and scream to myself – ‘please don’t!’ but then she did or not as the case may be.
By the end I’m not sure which of them is worse – actually I am but I’m not giving that away. At least you’ll never question your relationship with your mum/daughter again. You’ll think thank God we are not like that. Unless of course you keep your mum chained up in the attic….
Many thanks to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.