I received a galley of this novel from NetGalley for review. This in no way affected my opinions.
Another winner from Kate Morton! I've yet to be disappointed by one of her books. If anything, her stories just keep getting better and better.
I won't give away too much of the summary, and besides, you can read the summary anywhere. Basically, the book starts out in 1961 with a 17 year old Laurel, hiding up in her tree house, witnessing her mother stab a man and kill him. Cut to fifty years later, Laurel is a famous actress and her mother Dorothy is dying. Laurel needs to find out what led to that tragic event fifty years ago before her mother dies.
The story never goes back to 1961 after that. We either stay in the present, or we head to WWII London during the Blitz, hearing from Dorothy, her fiance Jimmy, and her friend Vivien.
The way the story unfolded is just as I expected from Morton. If anything, the plots get more intricate with each novel. With reading her previous three books, I thought I knew how to think while reading this, how to look out for stuff, how nothing was at it seemed.
With all her books, Morton gives us stuff at the beginning that tells us some of the end. We know, partly, how it's going to end, but we don't get the whole story. Not only, through the book, do we find out what led to the end event, but we always come across some sort of twist. Throughout reading the book, my guess to the ending kept changing; it never stayed the same. I STILL wasn't right, as usual. However, what did end up happening fleetingly crossed my mind at one point, but I thought it was too far-fetched. Shows what I know.
And, as usual, after I finished, I laid there in bed going over everything. With the twist at the end, everything I had just read had to be gone over. Because, as I said, nothing is ever what it seems, and with this new information, the entire story was seen in a different light.
Folks who loved Morton's other books will definitely love this! And it's a great story for folks who love historical mysteries with dual time lines.