Judging the Cover: I chose this book based on the cover and title, it has a dark and creepy feel to it which goes well with the story. I also love the font of this book.
Plot from Goodreads: It’s the summer of 1984 and there is a sense of unease on the troubled Sweetmeadows estate. The residents are in shock after the suspicious death of a baby and tension is growing due to the ongoing miners’ strike. Journalist Clare Jackson follows the story as police botch the inquiry and struggle to contain the escalating violence. Haunted by a personal trauma she can’t face up to, Clare is shadowed by nine-year-old Amy, a bright but neglected little girl who seems to know more about the incident than she’s letting on. As the days go on and the killer is not found, Clare ignores warnings not to get too close to her stories and in doing so, puts her own life in jeopardy.
My Thoughts: I found this story to be very enjoyable. The characters were great and I learned a lot about the miners’ strike in the UK. I never found myself “glued” to the story but I never found myself bored with it either.
The Good: This story takes place during the UK miners’ strike in 1984, which I had never heard of. Learning about that time period was extremely interesting to me. I loved the characters of Clare and Amy and the relationship that they had. The story is a murder mystery that follows Clare, a journalist, which was unusual…instead of trying to solve the crime, Clare was documenting what was happening. I enjoyed this perspective, it was a nice change from the usual police procedural novels.
The Not So Good: Unfortunately, I was able to figure things out before they were revealed. I live for the shock factor in books and this one didn’t have it. There weren’t any moments that had me on the edge of my seat.
My Rating: I rated this book 3/5 stars and would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of crime fiction.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.