Maisy and Duncan have always had each other. Until the day they didn’t
One night in 1960, fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an insane asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It’s not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.
The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn’t come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.
Firstly a huge thank you to the publishers for my copy as wasn’t expecting it .
I’ll be honest I’m not actually sure if I’ve read any of this authors books and seeing as she has wrote 24 before this one this is mad. So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and after reading I now want to read all her back log .
This completely blew my expectations!
Once I started I couldn’t stop reading . Great characters but an even better storyline .
This book had a lot going on, drama, family turmoil and unexpected friendships .
Lesley is a incredible storyteller and has the skill to captivate her readers.
This was quite a dark read in some parts so I’m really intrigued to see if that’s similar in her other books.