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After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill.
Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.
When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.
“When things get too familiar it’s time to move on”
After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes across an old photograph of a house with a strange inscription, “Destiny calls us”, written on the back. She is certain this photograph will answer questions from her elusive past: twenty three years ago she was abandoned in the Holy Savior Catholic Church and rescued from a horrible fate. Or was she?
As soon as I read the description I knew I had to read this book! It has all the key qualities of a great mystery: family secrets, an old creepy house, a mysterious photograph, and a double murder. I mean, where do I sign up? I really enjoyed this book as it is a solid mystery, with a multilayered story and a few twists and turns that keep you engaged throughout! And although there are several point of views that add complexity to this story, I felt that those added to the overall picture.
I loved Green’s writing style: lots of short chapters to keep the pace going and a mystery narrator that added a major creepy factor! Green did a wonderful job keeping me guessing or at least questioning whether or not I was right. The ending definitely leaves it open to a sequel as it feels almost like a “to be continued”, so let’s hope there is a follow up book to tie up some of these loose ends!
My rating is 3.5 / 5 stars!
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