Lizzie Burdett was eighteen when she vanished. Noah Carruso has never forgotten her, she was his first crush, his unrequited love. She was also his brother’s girlfriend.
Tom Carruso hasn’t been home in over a decade. He left soon after Lizzie disappeared, under a darkening cloud of suspicion. Now he’s coming home for the inquest into Lizzie’s death, intent on telling his side of the story for the first time.
As the inquest looms, Noah meets Alice Pryce while on holiday in Thailand. They fall in love fast and hard, but Noah can’t bear to tell Alice his deepest fears. And Alice is equally stricken, for she carries a terrible secret of her own.
A strong mystery – what exactly did happen to Lizzie all those years ago? The story starts in Thailand with an intense and romantic love affair between Noah and Alice, determined to keep things going once Noah returns home to Australia, they actually reunite sooner than expected as real life sets in.
Both Alice and Noah have secrets they can’t share but they seek solace in their relationship and I found myself routing for them. But Noah, entrenched in the family business, which he feels obliged to be involved with is burdened by his family and the return of his estranged brother and nemesis for the inquest. No one knows what happened to Lizzie, but the community have their own ideas and the finger of suspicion points at Tom, bringing tension and stress to the Carruso family as the inquest looms
Alice has her own demons and as the story progresses the secrets of both Alice and Noah emerge with a big reveal in the final chapters. This book was a gripping read which I enjoyed a lot. Short chapters kept me engaged and I read this over a couple of days. I loved the romantic escapism of Noah and Alice while they were both grappling with their own difficult issues. Noah, as the story progressed I liked less, although sympathised with his familial relationships, particularly with his older brother Tom.
Set in Australia in a community traumatised by the mystery of teenage Lizzie, the story is told in the present time with key characters remembering past significant events. Told in the third person narrative, the plot is strong and flows well. I read this on my Kindle and it is a measure of how good the story is by the fact I enjoyed reading it so much despite being in my least preferred format!
About the Author
Sara Foster is the bestselling author of five psychological suspense novels. British author Sara now lives in Western Australia with her husband and two young daughters, and is a doctoral candidate at Curtin University.
This is a blog tour, thank you to Lucy at Legend Press for inviting me to be involved and providing me with a digital copy of the book to read. The book publishes later this month, but in the meantime you can check out what others are saying about the book by following the blog tour.