It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Latimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.

Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.

And, as tension builds, it’s apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.


I settled down Saturday afternoon to read this and finished it Sunday afternoon, a brilliantly written psychological thriller, that keeps you guessing, so many suspects, so many points of view and characters, but who is the killer?

The Lattimers, Frazier the father, a strict narcissistic father, Kathleen the mother, had Frazier really loved her? Was he more attracted to the money that came with her, Clio the youngest daughter, Kate who her father had called King Kong when she was young as she was a little chubby, Ellen, who after something happened in her younger days still lives in the family home with her dad, Adam who had disappeared for 10 years before reappearing, James self absorbed once successful producer, Ryan the youngest son who had got hung up on drugs.

What a family this is, dysfunctional in so many ways, the story begins 4th June 2018, a party is being held on a boat, a reunion Adam had disappeared 10 years earlier and is now back, where had he been? Kathleen his mother had died, believing her son was dead. 9 people go out on the boat, but only 8 of them came back alive!

It’s up-to Detective Rob Downes to find out who killed Frazier Latimer, he had grown up with most of the children, and had had a soft spot for Clio. The Lattimers are a well known family in Spanish Cove. Despite the fact that only Frazier and Ellen live in the family home currently.

The story goes back a week when all of the brothers and sisters are summoned by patriarch Frazier to come home immediately as Adam has returned. They are all shocked at this news, having believed Adam to be dead no one has seen or heard from him for 10 years, when his bank account had been found to be emptied, and he had disappeared.

The story is told in multiple points of view, from each character, and interviews after the death of Frazier by Det. Downes. This is a complex family, lots of things have happened to each character during their growing up, and into adulthood, non of them are perfect, as you learn about each one, and see how each was treated more so by the father than the mother, Kathleen had been the caring one, Frazier the tough one. I actually felt sympathy for what some of them had gone through during their upbringing, all have different temperaments.

Despite Adams return non of them had actually wanted to go back to the family home, they knew there would be more to come from their father than just a family reunion.

Part two of the story alternates between a few years earlier to the present, and opens up new plot lines, which just add to the whole who did it.

I really enjoyed this read, it’s well plotted keeping so many characters stories going, whilst trying to work out who the killer was, worked really well, some brilliant twists especially as you reach the final chapters.

If you are looking for a well plotted psychological thriller, then this is a good one to grab, keeping the reader engrossed from start to finish.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ our if ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Quercus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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