PUBLISHERS: Harper Collins

PUBLICATION DATE: 23rd February,2017

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From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…


This is a slow burner of a story and does require some patience at first, however as is often the case good things come to those who wait and the payback is more than worth it.

I found this book to be tense, atmospheric and almost claustrophobic as Burt weaves a fascinating story –  I loved the detailed, expressive style of writing, rich poetic prose that really heightened my enjoyment and I felt it was superbly written.

I understand that a few fellow reviewers found it too confusing, what I would say is it is complex as there are multiple threads and they take quite some unraveling and we experience the story from varying POV’s but for me this only added to the thrill of the read.

If you’re expecting a fly by the seat of your pants adrenaline fueled psychological thriller this isn’t that book, this is a very slow building, dark tale  with a slightly haunting quality about it as it explores familial relationships in this case focusing on a dysfunctional one between mother ( Memphis)  and daughter (Dahlia). It’s a very interesting and strange relationship and both women seem a little unhinged. The story is filled with suspense,secrets and lies that hint of something very untoward having taken place in the past that has resulted in their lonely, completely off- grid lifestyle, a lifestyle which Dahlia isn’t happy or completely comfortable with,  they appear to have none of the usual legal papers such as social security numbers or birth certificates, and this is a big clue.

Dahlias relationship with her mother is a complicated one, she loves her but harbours anger and deep seated resentment for the almost nomadic existence and unorthodox upbringing she has endured. When she returns years later, and grown up she is determined to get answers to all the questions that she feels negatively affect her early life.  A series of incidents are the catalyst for the revealing of the truth, although it’s a slow reveal the truth is no less shocking and disturbing.

And it is the  journey to that reveal which  is harrowing as Memphis appears to be losing her mind and Dahlia experiences visions/hallucinations.I felt Burt built some incredible characters here, complex, intriguing and very unusual… Yet utterly believable and with qualities that you could relate to and experience empathy for.

The locations within the novel feel uncomfortable and leave you with a sense of unease, the characters are not your run of the mill but slightly crazy Oddballs and these elements combined, to add to the eerie, dark quality of the plot. There is also a supernatural element to the book that is interesting and it really is a very unique story with a psychological family drama for a heart.

I salute Alexandra for expertly crafting such a complicated multi layered mystery, it’s packed full of suspense and is a story that I know will stay with me for a long time. A book that leaves you pondering, questioning and exploring long after you’ve turned the final page is a masterpiece in itself.

This is the first book I have read by this author but it most certainly won’t be the last… I would urge you to grab a copy, take your time, read slowly and let the words sink into your soul, it’s complicated, it’s slow at the start but bear with it and it really is a very accomplished, entertaining read, by a talented writer.