“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
—Good Housekeeping (UK)
A fresh and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction, Katherine Webb debuts with a haunting novel about a secret family history. Already a sensation in the United Kingdom, Webb’s The Legacy is a treat for every fan of upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense in the vein of bestselling authors Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Diane Setterfield. Taut, affecting, and surprising—a story that ranges from present-day England back to the American West in the early twentieth century—The Legacy embroils two sisters in an investigation into the strange, never solved disappearance of their cousin, a dark mystery that opened deep family wounds that never healed.
Webb's binary multigenerational epic unfolds in split narratives set in 1900s Oklahoma and the present-day U.K., revealing that secrets long buried still have the power to hurt. Sisters Erica and Beth Calcott return to Storton Manor in Wiltshire, England, to settle their late grandmother's estate, despite the painful memories the location stirs up: decades ago their cousin Henry mysteriously disappeared; the primary suspect at the time was "Dinny" Dinsdale, a local outcast and the first childhood crush for both Erica and Beth. As a girl, Erica was too young to grasp the details of Henry's fate, but 23 years later, now a strong and independent woman, she pleads with Dinny for answers, while older sister Beth, clinically depressed, wants to leave the past buried. Meanwhile, Erica discovers a photo of her great-grandmother Caroline posing with a mysterious baby in America, sparking an investigation into the mysteries of her ancestral history. Webb's (The Unseen) past and present, though equally realized, never intersect with much import; the two threads could easily exist as two independent books. Though the novel is choked with enough tragedy, melodrama, and lost love to make a soap opera dull in comparison, and recalls the work of V.C. Andrews, it will only truly grip fans of the genre.
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Legacy by Katherine Webb
What a most disappointing book! I will not read any other books by this author. The last writing of Meredith was of her being seven years old and slapped by her deranged mother and then locked in her room for a week with only bread and water. Way too many characters that were never properly developed. Thus, as a reader you are left hanging with the feeling that chapters must be missing. And, why in the world would an excerpt be inserted before the books epilogue. Just very poorly woven. Sorry, this was a Huge disappointment for me.
The ending was very abrupt and disappointing. It was a good story up till the ending.wont read another book by this author.