Publication Date: 25th June 2013
Book Source: Thanks Harlequin Mira
Synopsis: A family's loyalty is put to the ultimate test in this haunting and unforgettable debut.
Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, The Mourning Hours is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.
I fell in love with the beautiful cover of The Mourning Hours before even reading the synopsis. I'm an avid suspense/thriller reader albeit a little jaded, I don't like to be dished up obvious red herrings, and I don't like to have it all worked out early on, to find out I'm actually right, it spoils all the fun. This wasn't the case for me with The Mourning Hours ... I really didn't see it coming and I loved that.
Debut author Paula Treick DeBoard gets it right with so much ... the small town feel, the rural landscape, dual time frame and a family torn apart by suspicion. It's a highly evocative read as much for the first person narration of keenly observant 9 year old Kirsten as the growing tension and turmoil following the disappearance of Johnny's girlfriend Stacy.
Another favourite point is the pace, slow simmer and compulsive reading, what a wonderful combination. I thoroughly recommend The Mourning Hours if you're partial to a compelling mystery and equally so, if you're enthralled by the study of relationships and the complexities of human nature.
Cover: One of my favourites
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