I am part of a book club which is mostly on Facebook. A subset of us occasionally meet up IRL – but mostly we just share books we’ve read online. Now a large number of groupies had read this book – to the point that I had total FOMO and had to purchase it, even without reading the blurb, as I trust their judgement on books!
But for you – here is the blurb:
“Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.
In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.
There’s just one problem.
Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.
The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.”
It is a great book – and, as expected, I did really enjoy it!
Each chapter is told from the perspective of either Olive or a different person who lives in the gated community or one of the 2 police officers investigating the case. It twists and turns and you can quite believe that any of the residents were responsible for Olive’s demise. There are lots of ‘dirty little secrets’ out there! The residents are all very different with their own issues and all are written really well – even if none of them are particularly likeable!
However, Olive is definitely not likeable – although I did feel sorry for her at times.
I really liked the relationship between the 2 detectives as well. The older bloke nearing retirement – and the up and coming younger female cop – who clearly had secrets in her past too.
The pace builds and builds and kept me keen to read on to find out what had happened.
Overall a good read – and I’d definitely look at books by this author again. As with most recommendations from the book club – a winner!