Isabel, Owen and Julia were childhood friends. But when they were fifteen, Julia disappeared without a trace -- an event that had a devastating impact on the others.
Years later, Isabel returns to her home town in the north of England for Owen's funeral.
She hadn't seen him since they recklessly burned down the local supermarket together; he was sent to prison and she, just shy of her 18th birthday, to a young offenders' centre.
Isabel suspects that Owen was responsible for Julia's murder, and she's hoping finally to find some kind of resolution.
Feeling cut off from her husband and child in Turkey, and awash with unexpected memories, Isabel ventures further into the murky depths of her past.
But nothing is as it seems -- either past or present -- and as Isabel's world unravels we finally realise the stunning, shattering truth ...'Exquisitely written yet utterly chilling, this will keep you gripped from start to finish; a potential book-group classic' Elle magazine
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 277 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 04/07/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330450836
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Review by readingwithtea
Summary: Isabel returns to the moors of England for a schoolfriend’s funeral. The disappearance of her best friend aged 15 has never been resolved, but she has always suspected the dead man. Isabel now lives in Turkey with a husband and a toddler. Can she solve the decade-old mystery on a quick trip home?This was a perfectly pleasant read until the ending at which the mystery was revealed… in a pretty pedestrian manner. It seems as though the author got to the end with all sorts of issues unresolved and decided to solve the mystery and throw in a twist and tie everything up in the space of 4 pages. Not happy at all with the ending (feels like a really cheap ending to a well-sustained mystery).The main body of the book was all right – I liked the Turkish influence, and Jones describes the stifling town of the English countryside well – very few stay behind, and those who leave might as well be dead as far as the residents are concerned. Of course there’s an eccentric aunt who lives in London – I rather liked her. The mystery was sustained, although not really developed (the girl goes missing near the start of the book, all the motives and potential attackers are laid out almost straight away, and then there are no further developments for ages), for the whole book.Not worth the time.