Book Title: Under The Harrow
Author: Flynn Berry
Publication Date: February 9th 2017
Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (Paperbook)
Goodreads: When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.
Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.
A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.
My Review: I would like to thank Flynn Berry, Rebecca Gray, Orion Publishing and W&N for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Under The Harrow. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
This is a great novel!! All throughout Under The Harrow I felt I was reading a diary. I was imagining each chapter to be an entry from Nora’s personal anecdotes. Written in first person I felt like I was Nora. I got her every emotion. I got her every image. I got her every sensation.
The characters are strong and I liked how each were presented as mysteries. I felt whilst reading that I knew the characters but then on a spin of a dime, I quickly found out I actually didn’t know them at all. Doubt was heavily planted. It got me wondering if I have to be honest if we all have this ability. Are we functioned and built to always keep a little something hidden from everyone around us? Even those closest to us!
I really enjoyed the way the novel unfolded as it flicked between past and present. It built up a picture that I could see coming together piece by piece, like a jigsaw. However, I must stress I was not prepared for some of the shocks and revelations.
Overall; a marvellous read – what Flynn Berry has achieved to do is rare!!!!
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