I found it to be a little slow at first, but once the first two chapters were done, I got into it and I couldn’t help but read every time I had 5 minutes. The story is set in Colorado and tells two parallel story lines, one set in the past, the other in the present.
In the present, Winna, a sixty-one year old woman, returns to her hometown to settle her father’s estate after his departure. She lives a difficult moment in her life, caught in between a difficult divorced after thirty-five years of marriage, and the guilt as she is the sole heiress to the estate after her father Henry Grumman, had disinherited her sister Chloe with no apparent reasons.
In the past the story of Juliana, Winna’s grandmother and first owner of the house, is been told. While cleaning the estate with her daughter and sister, Winna comes across some of her old objects who recall to Winna some happy memories of her childhood with the grandmother. The way Juliana is reminded by her granddaughter and what is been told in the flashback on her life , give a portrait of her who is completely different from Winna’s view of an elegant and strong lady. Juliana was self-centered, materialistic, and cold…I did not like Julianna from the first pages.
After spending some time in the house, Winna discovered some weird details that give us the feeling that the story is getting a weird twist. There is a strange re-creation of Winna’s childhood bedroom in the attic. There are several attempts on Winna’s life, too! But who is trying to kill her and , why?
There was lots of suspense in this book and recall the same atmospheres in Nancy Drew books.I found myself suspecting everyone! But when the culprit was ultimately revealed, it was…kind of flat. It was exactly my first intuition! But then, after the initial disappointment I realized that even if I guess immediately, I liked the way clues were subtly dropped here and there make me change my mind every time a new suspect is introduced.
The book deserve to be read and I liked the style so much that I probably going to read also “My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton” .
Thanks to NetGalley for my copy, received in exchange of a honest review.