Stella Harvey 11, along with brother Danny and older sister Bonnie , are happily living on the quiet, insular , almost suffocating island of just 120 people with their parents when a newcomer, Iona arrives on a gap year. Danny seems almost obsessed with the new girl while sister Bonnie quickly befriends the interesting new islander.
Something soon changes and in the dark of night in a vicious storm, Stella’s ferry keeper father rushes his family away and off the island back to the mainland with no explanation.
25 years later a body is unearthed on the island, just outside the garden of Stella’s old home..
Told over two time lines, 1993 when Stella was 11 and the trouble began and in the present when Stella returns to the island to investigate the gruesome discovery, this is a tale of family secrets and lies, of people doing desperate things, and a gloomy closed almost claustrophobic island and the inhabitants who don’t want their equilibrium disturbed, Stella is not welcome home.
The scenery in which the island is described is beautifully done , Heidi Perks creates this almost hidden away world just 30 mins away from the mainland.
Slowly paced to begin it increases in pace as it’s moves along to a compelling and really clever yet believable end.
A high quality, compellingly told mystery, highly recommended 4.5 🔥🔥🔥🔥
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