The year is 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent's life is about to change forever. There is a murderer loose in St Steele, the little Cornish fishing village where she lives with her unpredictable mother who runs a boarding house. A bunch of journalists is flocking the boarding house and one of them, John Gallagher catches her eyes. Despite him being older than her are they drawn to each other, but the decisions they make will have deep consequence's years after this.
This book turned out to be not what I expected. What I thought it would be was two unlikely people: Betty, and Gallagher, trying to figure out who the killer was. But the story is more complex than. It's a story about secrets and lifelong guilt. Betty has grown up with a mother that she has to take care of now and then. Her mother seems to be bipolar or something because she has very dark moments. Dolores Broadbent is also a woman that likes men quite much and one of the men she has been "dating" is the butcher who is now seen as a suspect for the murders. And, as we follow Betty in the past with the worry about the murders we also jump 50 years forward in time and there we follow Mary who learns that the killer is for the first time talking about the murders in St Steele. And, slowly the story unfolds as we learn the truth will reading about Ruth in 1956 and Mary 50 years later.
The book is really good, it was surprising and it interesting to read. What I really like is that the story kept on twisting and turning all the way until the end of the book. I never thought it would turn the way it did. As I wrote, in the beginning, I just thought it would be a crime novel with two unlikely partners. But the killings and the consequences of it all was not what I had expected. It's well-written, poignant, and I warmly recommend this book! I want to thank the publisher for providing with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review.