Wednesday 30 August 2023

Review - Black Thorn by Sarah Hilary

Black Thorn by Sarah Hilary
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: 13 July 2023
Back cover blurb: Blackthorn Ashes was meant to be their forever home. For the first six families moving into the exclusive new housing development, it was a chance to live a peaceful life on the cliffs overlooking the Cornish sea, safe in the knowledge that it had been created just for them. But six weeks later, paradise is lost. Six people are dead. And Blackthorn Ashes is left abandoned and unfinished, its dark shadows hiding all manner of secrets. One of its surviving residents, Agnes Gale, is determined to find out the truth about what happened. Even if that truth is deadlier than she could have ever believed possible . . .

Blackthorn Ashes is an exclusive new neighbourhood in an idyllic location overlooking the Cornish sea. It's residents are smug living in such a sought after location,

Agnes has moved back home with her family following the breakup of her relationship. A fresh new start in a beautiful new home should be just the thing that she needs to start living her life to the full.

Blackthorn Ashes is beautiful and Agnes quickly makes a new friend Errol, who is a calming influence to her naturally anxious demeanor. Summer is in full swing and BBQs help the neighbours get to know each other. 

Things are pretty perfect.

Until they're not....

An unspeakable tragedy forces the residents including Agnes and her family away from Blackthorn Ashes into the less than savoury neighbouring caravan site. They are forbidden to re-enter Blackthorn as a police investigation gets underway.

When the Police begin to question members of Agnes family, she realises that Blackthorn Ashes may not have been the idyllic paradise that so many (including Agnes herself) believed it to be, and those that she love may be in danger as the truth comes to light.

Black Thorn is an atmospheric novel full of secrets, lies and deception. Its characters are at times unlikeable, but mostly identifiable, their struggles relatable.

This is another superb novel from this author, and as always I look forward to her next. 

Black Thorn is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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