EXCERPT: Clio let herself hope. She let herself imagine this man her dad planned to hire would find her brother. Or at least tell them what had happened. She couldn’t know that by the following spring, he would return with the worst news.
That Adam was probably dead. She couldn’t know that her father would convey that to her mother. And that he would badger her to accept it, at exactly the same time Ryan took a turn for the worse. and that her mother’s heart, fit to burst with love for them all, would finally burst with sadness. Months later it would only be Clio and Ellen and their father left in Spanish Cove. No Adam, no Ryan. James enjoying his life in Dublin. Kate scarpering up there as fast as she could. Her mother cold in the ground.
From eight to three.
From loud to silent.
From loved to … nothing.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.
Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.
And, as tension builds, it’s apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.
MY THOUGHTS: This is the third book I have read by this author, and it falls somewhere between The Confession, which I didn’t enjoy, and Dirty Little Secrets, which I adored.
At the centre of this story is a dysfunctional family – extremely dysfunctional. A controlling father, a dead mother, an eldest son who will do anything to succeed, another who is a drug addict, and one who is busy trying to find himself. The girls are no better, Kate has left home as fast as she could for the bright lights of the city, Ellen has ensconced herself in the family home to care for their father, and Clio does a runner to New York.
The story is narrated over different time frames, and by the voices of the different children and Detective Rob Downes, investigating the suspicious death of their father, Frazer Lattimer. Yet despite the multiple narrators and different time frames, it never gets confusing. Jo Spain has choreographed a beautiful ballet of shifting times and views, while keeping the story flowing, and the mystery of the perpetrator intact. I honestly didn’t have any idea ‘whodunnit’ despite some really wild guesses. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, this is even better!
THE AUTHOR: Jo Spain is the author of the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Her first book, top ten bestseller With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller. The Confession her first standalone thriller, was a number one bestseller and translated all over the world.
Jo is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a former political advisor in the Irish parliament and former vice-chair of InterTrade Ireland business body.
She now writes novels and screenplays full-time. Her first co-written TV show TAKEN DOWN was broadcast in Ireland in 2018 and bought by international distributors Fremantle.
Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children. In her spare time (she has four children, there is no spare time really) she likes to read. Her favourite authors include Pierre Lemaitre, Jo Nesbo, Liane Moriarty, Fred Vargas and Louise Penny. She also watches TV detective series and was slightly obsessed with The Bridge, Trapped and The Missing.
Jo thinks up her plots on long runs in the woods. Her husband sleeps with one eye open and all her friends have looked at her strangely since she won her publishing deal.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Quercus Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Six wicked reasons by Jo Spain for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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