A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS.
A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body.
For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.
Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets.
One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.
The story begins in 1993 with Stella Harvey aged 11 and her family living on the island of Evergreen off the south coast of England. It is a stormy night and getting to the mainland would usually be out of the question, but this is exactly what Stella is being told they must do. Her father is shouting over the noise of the storm to get in the boat, but why? Why the hurry and why tonight??
Never mind the fact that Stella doesn’t want to leave…….
I hadn’t read any other Heidi Perks books before but this one was a great one to start off with! A great page turner of a book that kept me guessing to the end.
The book flips backwards and forwards from Stella’s time on the island to present day.
One day as Stella arrives home from work, as a relationship counsellor, she turns on the TV and catches a news report. At first she almost turns away but something catches her eye. Something she recognises. The house, her old house on the island. Something’s happened! A body has been found and it appears to have been found in the back garden of Stella’s old family home.
The pace of this book I felt was spot on. It kept me engaged allowing the mystery of the plot to flow just right. The clues and secrets of Stella’s family’s past were revealed at the right moments, to keep me guessing and trying to figure out what has happened only to be found wrong with another past event or character’s actions uncovered.
The characters, of which there are quiet a few, are introduced gradually enough to remember who is who and helps you to learn of their role in the story. They ‘act’ in a believable way which greatly adds to the book. I liked the way the author uses Stella and her siblings in the flashbacks to show how one person’s memories of an event can differ from another’s.
The setting is well thought out and described. The fact that it is an island contributes to the mystery surrounding the community that live there and I liked the way that a lot of the past is set in sunny weather but when Stella returns to the island after hearing the news report it is wet and cold. Indeed nothing is quiet right when Stella returns.
A great thriller full of buried secrets, tensions and a community’s hidden past.
Heidi Perks lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.
She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.
Her second novel, Now You See Her was published by Century, part of the Penguin Random House group in 2018 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick.
Her third novel Come Back For Me is out July 2019 and she is now writing her fourth to be released in 2020.
Come Back For Me is published today by Century, and is available in hardback and ebook Amazon link
Thank you to Rachel Kennedy for the invite onto this blog tour and for the wonderful hardback ARC. Don’t forget to check out all the other reviews too!