As soon as I started reading this book I was struck by the writing style. If you are a fan of Daphne du Marier, you are in for a treat.
Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and heads for the outer Hebrides of Scotland. To her family’s ancestral home, Muirlan House. No one has lived there since her relative, Theo Blake, a famous painter and his wife Beatrice, many years ago.
Hetty has grand plans to turn the house into a hotel, spurred on by her sometime boyfriend Giles and his shady friends Emma and Andrew.
Arriving on the island she is met by the sight of a once grand manse, crumbling in on itself. Ravaged by weather, vandals and neglect, and lots of speculation about exactly who owns the land around the house, she is then informed that bones, human bones have been found in the house.
So all plans are halted, as Hetty tries to unravel the story of the house and her relatives. The book takes us from the 1910’s to 2010. The more she finds out the more questions come up. But she is determined to find out what happened all those years ago and why.
This story kept me glued to the page the entire time. It is beautifully told and I will definitely read it again. This is Ms. Maine’s debut novel and I hope she has more in the works.
I received this book from Netgalley and Atria/Simon & Schuster in return for an honest review.As soon as I started reading this book I was struck by the writing style.