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What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager, she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found.
Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will
A gripping thriller from this successful historical novelists and creative writing tutor. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Linda Green and Laura Marshall.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Final Reckoning by Margaret James is a 2019 Ruby Fiction publication.
A haunting, suspenseful mystery-
This story is a genuine 'whodunit' style mystery, with a cold case element added in, on top of a compelling emotional drama, which gives the story an added dose of depth. Part of what helped to create such a sinister atmosphere, is the secluded village, the hint of religious fervor, and the residents, who range from slightly quirky, to moderately suspicious, to downright strange-
Eleven years prior, Lindsay Ellis found her boyfriend’s father murdered. Naturally, the trauma left a lasting mark on Lindsay. But now, after her mother’s passing, she is forced to return to Hartley’s Cross for the funeral planning, and to put her mother’s affairs in order. Forced to confront her painful past, Lindsay examines her feelings for her old boyfriend, while attempting to find answers to the old unsolved murder, hoping for long overdue closure. However, her arrival back in Hartley’s Cross is not welcomed by everyone…
This an absorbing mystery, with a tense, and surprising twist I didn’t see coming. The pacing is even, with a nice, balanced deepening of the mystery and increase in the suspense. This is a quick, atmospheric novel, all mystery and suspense lovers will enjoy!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margaret James has been a member of the RNA for 22 years. She has written thirteen published novels, many short stories, and she also teaches creative writing for the London School of Journalism. Margaret's first novel was A Touch of Earth, a family saga set in Herefordshire where she was born and grew up, and her most recent is The Penny Bangle, set in Dorset and published by Robert Hale. But her personal