Secrets and the failure to confront and address them appears to be a prevailing theme of the Irish writer Zoe Millers work and this enthralling mystery is no different. We have a Agatha Christie setting taking place on an isolated estate on the west coast of Ireland where no communication is possible with the outside world and a storm is forecast. Here members of the Blake family including the estranged brothers Niall and Alex are reunited after a twenty year absence following the tragic death of their glamorous and much missed mother. A weekend of activities has been arranged by the controlling sister Lainey to reconcile family relations but the past intrudes on this thin veneer of family togetherness as strange and unexplained events start occurring.
Seen from the perspective of several of the characters and going back also to the past, the tension builds up layer by layer as the reader tries to work out what actually happened on the fateful day of the mother's accident and who in the present is behind and orchestrating the sinister incidents that begin to occur. I enjoyed this book very much both in regard to the plotting and the characters involved. It is certainly something of a page turner as we reach the dramatic finale. The reader is always given just enough of an idea of what is going on but not the full picture. Although by a series of deductions I came to the correct suspect about half way through the book it was not until near the end that I understood why.
I certainly enjoyed this immensely and if you like the proverbial country house murder mystery then this should. be for you.