ABOUT THE BOOK
Twenty-five years ago, on Halloween night, eight-year-old Kelly Doherty went missing while out trick or treating with friends.
Her body was found three days later, floating face down, on the banks of the Creggan Reservoir by two of her young classmates.
It was a crime that rocked Derry to the core. Journalist Ingrid Devlin is investigating – but someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. As she digs further, Ingrid starts to realise that the Doherty family are not as they seem. But will she expose what really happened that night before it’s too late?
A twisty psychological thriller from bestselling author Claire Allan.
The opening of this story is quite harrowing when twins Niall and Declan find the body of missing eight-year-old Kelly Doherty, a girl they went to school with. The story then rolls forward to the present day as the 25th anniversary of her death on Halloween is approaching.
Ingrid Devlin is the journalist who is going to write the story and will include a piece on the convicted killer, local man Jamesy Harte, who served 17 years in prison for her murder. Ingrid had also grown up in the town and knew the little girl and Jamesy. Jamesy hadn’t returned to his home town when he had served his time, but it isn’t long before she knows where he now lives. The story she gets isn’t the one she thought it would be from Jamesy and so Ingrid begins to poke at the past to fill in some of the gaps that seem to widen and become a hole she could find herself in, that is impossible to get out!
It is such an intense storyline. Ingrid is such a strong and independent woman that knows what she wants in life, including relationships. The more she rattles the past and the more dangerous the present becomes. It was nail-biting stuff on every page and impossible to leave these characters overnight. I read this book in one go. When I couldn’t read, I listened to it, which played with my mind, all these characters buzzing in my head. There is an intimacy about this book, that is rarely captured as the whole story seemed to get personal.
OMG, this is one almighty book high that will take some beating this year! Superbly written, I was winded!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Allan is a Northern Irish author who lives in Derry~Londonderry.
She worked as a staff reporter for the Derry Journal for 17 years, covering a wide array of stories from court sessions, to the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, health and education and human interest features.
She wrote her first novel in 2006, to mark her 30th birthday and it (Rainy Days and Tuesdays) was subsequently published and became an instant bestseller in 2007.
Claire wrote seven further women’s fiction novels between 2007 and 2015. In 2016 (when she turned 40) she decided to change genre and try her had at domestic noir. Her first domestic noir novel, Her Name Was Rose was published by Avon/ HarperCollins in 2018 and became a bestseller in the UK, Canada, Australia and was a USA Today bestseller.
It was subsequently nominated in the Dead Good Reader Awards in 2019.
Claire has followed up on the success of Her Name Was Rose with Apple of My Eye and Forget Me Not.
Her next novel, The Liar’s Daughter, will be published in 2020.
She is working on a fifth psychological thriller at present.
Claire still lives in Derry with her husband, two children, two cats and a very spoiled puppy.