This is one of those novels that you will be thinking about for a long time after reading. While Fran and Nathan Hale have left the city of London, at Nathan’s insistence to move with their two children to the small town near where Nathan grew up, Fran becomes ever more isolated by her disapproving husband. Quite quickly Nathan sells Fran’s car, takes her “broken” laptop to be fixed but never returns it, and continuously checks her cell phone to see who she’s been talking to. There is a fear of violence that keeps Fran both cowed and frightened. After finding his dead body outside their remote farmhouse, Fran is pegged by the police as the murderer, although they do not arrest her, they simply step up their harassment of her.
The mystery is many layered, full of various forms of abuse, misdoing and lazy police investigating. I really loved the story-telling element of this novel along with the character development, and the twists and turns of the mystery. I highly recommend this novel. Well done Kent!