I read this while on holiday and quite enjoyed it, although I found it a bit long, and slow to get started. I thought the characterisations were quite good, and the relationships between Laurel and her mother was very well depicted, not so much with the other daughters but this was really Laurel;'s story. The experience of the Blitz had obviously been well researched and was quite moving in places. Some reviewers have said that the 'twist' at the end was predictable, but I didn't see it coming, possibly because I was somewhat laid back on holiday! All in all a good read, although House at Riverton is still my favourite Kate Mortin novel.
This was an OK read but I felt it didn't deserve the many rave reviews and certainly didn't merit the tag 'thriller of the year'. It was quite cleverly written, interesting to have the two perspectives in alternate chapters, but it went on far too long. Didn't warm to any of the characters, Nick and Amy in particular were pretty unpleasant people and probably deserved each other, I didn't much care by the end what happened to them. And as many other reviewers have said, the ending was very unsatisfactory. Having struggled through a lot of this, determined to finish it, I felt rather cheated!
I've read all the Mrs Pargeter books more than once and I wish there were more, I really like them. Like the others, this one was rather far-fetched, but a nice light undemanding holiday read, with a lot of humour. Kindle version was rather expensive though.