It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands.
Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party. Conversation, laughter and the clinking of glasses soon fill the air as friends and neighbours come together to toast the laird's happiness and prosperity.
But Charlie sees the truth behind the fa?ade: the sacrifices made to safeguard the estate; the devastating losses that have haunted him for decades; the guilt that lies at the heart of it all.
And in a few hours, he knows, the perfect afternoon will come to an end. The past, with its dark secrets of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, is about to catch up with him. And it could finally tear his family apart . . .Blurb from Goodreads website.
Anyway now you all know than I'm just a little weird, unless you know me very well and then you will know I'm more than little weird! So is it a good book? It is a excellent book, I enjoyed every moment of it. The story is so well written it could be based on a true story, you get an instant feel for the characters and the descriptions of Scotland and the castle are vivid and natural, everything comes together to make feel as if you are experiencing everything first hand. The first chapter is set in 2000 and a very simple event has you wondering exactly what Charlie has done, this is not revealed until the very end of the book, everything in between is twists and turns which lead up to this event. I had no idea what was coming next, the suspense kept coming and I read it with greedy anticipation.
10 KDS stars plus 5 extra for it being signed!
My choice for May is very different for me, the graphic novel of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
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