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From the opening prologue the story draws you into a mystery. What events have lead to this woman alone and bleeding on the floor? Is the blood hers?

Quickly established in modern times for the perpetual search for a mobile signal (which is often nowhere to be found in books, as that would make the story’s resolution much quicker and quite boring), the narrative takes on a gothic feel, with an eerie setting.
A dark and looming house with strange smells and a feeling of unease. It’s been unoccupied for a long time. A family on vacation in unfamiliar territory. A recipe for disaster if ever I read one.

The book has a strong female cast and explores the mother-daughter relationship, including the secrets and lies told often with the best intentions of protection.
The house itself becomes a character, revealing its own secrets and fuelling the distrust between the family.