A gruesome discovery unravels a dark trail of murder and madness.
A six-year-old girl sneaks out of bed to capture a mermaid but instead discovers a dead body. Terrified and unable to make sense of what she sees, she locks the vision deep inside her mind.
Ten years later, Lily is introduced to the charismatic Flo and they become best friends. But Lily is guilt-ridden – she is hiding a terrible secret which has the power to destroy both their lives.
When Flo’s father is accused of killing a schoolgirl, the horrors of Lily’s past come bubbling to the surface. Lily knows that, whatever the consequences, she has to make things right. She must go back to the events of her childhood and face what happened at the boat house all those years ago.
Can Lily and Flo discover what is hiding in the murky waters of the lake before the killer strikes again?
This book is absolutely stunning. I can’t praise it enough. I have a feeling this will be in my Top Eight Books of 2020 Part Two. I read about 70% of the book in one sitting.
The story is intricately woven and at first I couldn’t quite work out what was going on, but then it just got better and better. The plot involves teenager Lily (who can’t speak or won’t speak) and her older sister Grace. Grace is out for revenge and we know the girls have taken on new identities, but what have they fled from and why.
The author uses a clever device to reveal the past by having the characters of Grace and Lily ‘remember’ certain occasions in order to reveal what happened. In fact the whole story alternates between the voices of Lily, Grace and Lily’s friend Flo.
The characters are so beautifully drawn – we know we can never feel sympathy for Grace, however bad her childhood had been. Everything about her is cold and murderous. She is one of the most chilling characters I have come across in a book.
I really don’t know how the author managed to keep track of all that was going on and tie up the loose ends so neatly. My only question is….who got to keep Tiggy?
Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours
About the author
Charlie has been writing for years but it was taking a creative writing course in 2018 which gave her the gentle kick she needed to finish her debut novel.
Charlie is very much a morning person and likes nothing more than committing a fictional murder before her first coffee of the day. She studied Theology at Worcester College, Oxford and now lives in a Leicestershire village with her husband, three teenagers and golden retriever.