Megan Melvick has spent years avoiding her inheritance, the dark and disquieting family estate Benbrae, now home only to her distant, aristocratic father, and her sister Melissa, dying quietly in an upstairs bedroom. Trapped behind her unreliable hearing aids and vulnerable to what others want her to see, Megan is unable to find the answers she wants: why is there a new woman on her father’s arm? And why has their absent mother not returned to say a final goodbye to Melissa?
Benbrae has always been a place of loss and misfortune for Megan, but as the Melvick family diminishes still further, she must ask one final question. If there is a curse on the house, will she be its next victim?
This gripping psychological thriller features Megan Melvick, a disabled woman with a traumatic past, fighting the malevolent curse on her isolated family estate
Caro Ramsay is the Glaswegian author of the critically acclaimed Anderson and Costello series, the first of which, Absolution, was shortlisted for the CWA’s New Blood Dagger for best debut of the year. The ninth book in the series, The Suffering of Strangers, was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018.
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I really enjoyed this mystery/thriller story. The book starts off with a raft of questions and it gradually answers them via the clever use of a dual voice story.
There are secrets, lies and misdirection oozing from the pages. As in life it’s misunderstanding that causes a lot of problems.
If this book doesn’t hook you from the off I’d be surprised to say the least. Caro Ramsay has a unique and tantalising way of story telling that can draw anyone in to her work. This book though entirely different, is not an exception to that. I thoroughly enjoyed every second.
With thanks to Anne Cater, The Author and publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book.