Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another.
Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present-day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow! What a tremendous story this was, my favourite of the three books that follow the life of Lizzie Lemalf and her family. If you get chance do read the first two books, which enrich this story although not essential. Recent events have pulled the family in many directions making them all suspicious of each other. There has been a murder and it would be easy to believe that a family member has a hand in it and not everyone has a rock-solid alibi for their whereabouts. It is hard to write a review and not give much of the story away but I will just say that the story drops back to 1960’s London and how Lizzie’s mum and dad met.
Eva Jordan writes so very confident and brought to life these characters superbly. I loved getting to know how Lizzie’s parents got together, Salocin and Ellie and her Uncle Teddy and his wife Marie. I remember this era myself and the London gangs, the Kray twins, which are mentioned how and they dealt with their own. Absolutely gripping pages that built a riveting story that linked to present day. I was blown away with it.
The detail which the story is written just brought every page alive, every character as bold as brass and twice as scary. I cringed and at times could see what was coming while the characters had no idea and at others they knew more than me, leaving me stunned and having to rethink what I knew. I would have said, before I began reading this, that it was a family saga, but now that doesn’t do it justice. This is a masterpiece, a huge pleasure to read, a heart-racing shocking story with a totally wow of an ending.
Highly recommended read.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eva is a published writer of several short stories and debut novel 183 Times A Year. Eva has always had a love of books and reading and really got the writing bug when she received a first for her dissertation, which looked at The People’s War during World War II, whilst studying for a degree in English and History. Eva lives in a small town in Cambridgeshire with partner Steve and three of our four children, who are a constant source of inspiration – they are all teenagers – need I say more! Eva’s career has been varied, including working in a Women’s Refuge and more recently at the city library. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her true passion. As well as writing, Eva loves music and film, and of course to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Many writers are an inspiration, from Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens through to Joseph Conrad, Angela Carter, Sue Townsend, Stephen King-and recently writers like Anna McPartlin, Gillian Flynn and Louise Doughty. Eva enjoys stories that force the reader to observe the daily interactions of people with one another set against the social complexities of everyday life, be that through crime, love or comedy. It is the women in her life, including her mother, daughters and good friends that inspired Eva to write her debut novel, a modern-day exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and friendship set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families
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