Accept it, he is dead.
No, it’s not true.
It is. Everyone thinks so except you.
Forced to leave their family home in London after it is bombed, Maddie and her two young daughters take refuge at Knyghton, the beautiful country house in Norfolk where Maddie’s husband Philip spent the summers of his childhood.
But Philip is gone, believed to have been killed in action in northern France. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Maddie refuses to give up hope that she and Philip will some day be reunited.
Arriving at Knyghton, Maddie feels closer to her missing husband, but she soon realises that there’s a reason Philip has never spoken to her about his past. Something happened at Knyghton one summer years before. Something that involved Philip, his cousin Lyle and a mysterious young woman named Flora.
Maddie’s curiosity turns to desperation as she tries to discover the truth, but no one will speak about what happened all those years ago, and no one will reassure her that Philip will ever return to Knyghton.
The extraordinarily powerful new novel from bestselling author Rachel Hore.
I’m a huge fan of this author so you can imagine my excitement at learning she had a new book out and that it was set in ww2 my favourite era!
Firstly the author has clearly done her research and I loved all the little historical details that helped bring this book to life. The vivid descriptions of the house and village in particular were brilliant and I often felt like I was actually there watching everything unfold alongside the characters which I always love.
The dual narrative between Philip and Maddie, husband and wife, was very cleverly done with the two stories helping to add a lot of intrigue and atmosphere into the story. The supporting characters were very well drawn and I enjoyed learning more about them and their often very different opinions. Maddie however was my favourite character as I loved her drive for independence and her ability to keep her career whilst also helping her family which I thought was very impressive.
Overall as you can probably tell I loved this book and will definitely be recommending it to others. The slow reveal of secrets was deliciously done and my desire to discover what was going on ensured that I found the book hard to put down at times. I did guess the twist fairly early on but I was so involved in the characters and their lives that I had to keep reading anyway to check I was right! It’s a very absorbing read, which I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I finished reading it.
Huge thanks to Team BAC for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.