A Slow Ruin by Pamela Crane
☆☆☆☆ .ePUB, 319 pages
Expected Publication: 30 November 2021
By Tabella House
About The Book:
April 1910. Women’s rights activist Alvera Fields mysteriously vanishes from her home one night, leaving her newborn baby and husband behind, the case never solved.
April 2021. On the anniversary of her great-great-grandmother’s disappearance, Alvera’s namesake Vera Portman vanishes in an eerily similar manner.
Six months later, the police recover a girl’s body. While the family waits in the horror of finding out if it’s Vera, Felicity Portman clings to hope that her missing teenage daughter is still alive. Despite all odds, Felicity senses a link between the decades-apart cases—a mother feels such things in her bones. But all suspicion points to the last person who saw Vera alive: Felicity’s sister-in-law, Marin. Marin, with her troubled past. Marin, the poor woman who married into the rich family. Marin, the only one who knows Felicity’s darkest secret. As Felicity makes a shocking discovery in Vera’s journal, she questions who her daughter really is. The deeper she digs, the more she’s ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed their ancestor in a terribly slow ruin.
Wow, this book has a lot going on. There are two narrators, Felicity and her sister-in-law Marin. Felicity's daughter is missing and the same happened to her great-great-grandmother in 1910. Is there a connection or is it merely coincidence? There is only one timeline but we are also given snippets of another from 1910 when Alvera went missing. There are also multiple plot threads and lots of characters to keep track of, yet Pamela Crane manages to seamlessly keep the story going, weaving a tale of lies and betrayals.
Each chapter ends in such suspense that it kept me turning the pages to the next, I literally could not put this book down. None of the characters have any redeeming qualities, with the exception of the children. There are lots of secrets and backstabbing going on and I loved every minute of it. This was such a twisty novel and it kept me guessing throughout, I loved the ending and I highly recommend this addictive domestic drama for the suspense alone.
With many thanks to NetGalley, Pamela Crane and Tabella House for the giving of the ARC.