The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
Available on the Adult Fiction shelves at RICHELL
Plot summary from Fantastic Fiction : “The stunning new novel from the author of the bestselling The Secret of the Tides. A captivating story of secrets, tragedy, lies and betrayal. No one knew one lost year would cast such a long shadow…
On a sultry summer’s day in 1980, five friends stumble upon an abandoned lakeside cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. For Kat and her friends, it offers an escape; a chance to drop out for a while, with lazy summer days by the lake and intimate winter evenings around the fire. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise and when an unexpected visitor appears at their door, nothing will be the same again …
Three decades later, Lila arrives at the same remote cottage. With her marriage in crisis, she finds solace in renovating the tumbledown house. Little by little she wonders about the previous inhabitants. How did they manage in such isolation? Why did they leave in such a hurry, with their belongings still strewn about? Most disturbing of all, why can’t she shake the feeling that someone might be watching her?”
Review : I loved The Secret of the Tides and was keen to read her new book and was not disappointed. The Shadow Year follows two narratives, one set in the 1980’s and the other set in the present time. A story very much about the relationships that drive us, and how the past can touch the future in a very real way. I simply loved it and it would be a great Christmas gift or a holiday read.
Reviewed by : Carolyn