ONE OF BUSTLE'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SUMMER 2020
From the acclaimed author of The Woman in the Dark: a young teacher struggles to solve the mystery of her sister's death while battling hallucinations of her own.
Two girls went down to the woods...But only one came back.
There's a lot from Tess's childhood that she would rather forget. The family who moved next door and brought chaos to their quiet lives. The two girls who were murdered, their killer never found. But the only thing she can't remember is the one thing she wishes she could.
Ten years ago, Tess's older sister died. Ruled a tragic accident, the only witness was Tess herself, but she has never been able to remember what happened that night in the woods.
Now living in London, Tess has resolved to put the trauma behind her. But an emergency call from her father forces her back to the family home, back to where her sister's body was found, and to the memories she thought were lost forever...
London teacher Tess Cooper, the unreliable narrator of this tangled psychological thriller from British author Savage (The Woman in the Dark), can't refuse her father's request to return to her family's house in West Dean to see her dying, cancer-stricken stepmother, despite her lingering trauma over the accidental death of her older sister, Bella, then 18, in the nearby forbidding forest a decade earlier. Her one hope is that returning home might finally trigger memories of her sister's last hours a period that Tess, who was found unconscious near Bella's body, has never been able to recall. When the discovery of a skeleton by a demolition crew at a vacant neighboring property prompts the police to take a fresh look at Bella's death, the trouble really begins. Since the characters, most of whom are guarding secrets they're keen to keep buried, behave in ways that serve to jack up the suspense but don't otherwise make much sense, readers may struggle to engage with their plights. One is left feeling like the lost hiker in the woods who belatedly realizes they've been going around in circles.