The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase
Book Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Jessie hopes that a move to the country will help her relationship with her teenage step daughter, Bella. Jessie is also trying to escape from being surrounded by memories of her husband’s deceased wife, Mandy, and wants a fresh start. But their new home is not the haven that Jessie had hoped for. Bella is caught up in the disappearance of a young girl, Audrey, some 50 years ago.
The book fluctuates between telling the present-day story of Jessie and the story of the missing Audrey 50 years ago. Five years after Audrey’s disappearance, Margot and her three sisters are sent off by their mother to stay with Audrey’s parents, their Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry. Sybil and Perry have been housebound since their daughter’s disappearance and pretty much shunned by their neighbors since Perry had been a suspect in his daughter’s disappearance. Margot is pulled into the strange world Audrey has left behind and the sisters are drawn apart by the attentions of two young men. When disaster strikes, hard decisions need to be made.
This is the second book by this author and I’ve had the pleasure of reading them both. I very much enjoy the characters and atmosphere that she creates in her books. While in many ways, it’s a typical tale of an old English house with past secrets, the author has quite a knack for bringing her characters to life and has wonderful insight into the human heart.
Spellbinding and recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.