Summary (from Goodreads):
“A woman uncovers earth-shattering secrets about her husband’s family in this chilling page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf
Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalized in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.
Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack’s past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.”
I am a huge fan of Heather Gudenkauf’s and I love the way that her books seem to be these sort of ripped-from-the-headlines things that are just insanely good and insanely readable.
This one was a letdown but still was something that I couldn’t stop reading. (It’s not that this was a bad book, because it wasn’t, at all. It’s just that it was more of a thriller, almost, which is not what I expect from her.)
It’s impossible not to feel sorry for Sarah. In really short order, she learns that everything she knows about her husband’s past is not true. It’s a lot to handle, even before she starts realizing just how far back the lies go and how extensive they are.
This is a good book but it’s not a good Heather Gudenkauf book. Does that make sense? It’s just that I expect more in terms of character development from her. (But it’s still worth reading, and I definitely plan to read everything else she writes.)