I expected this novel to be about a child who had been rescued from a car accident, with the impact of it haunting her throughout her life.
The novel is about a child who experienced trauma, but Margaret is actually trapped inside a car as an adult and is rescued just before it explodes. The whole situation has an immense impact on her and although she initially returns to work, she finds it too much for her. She sets out to find the man who rescued her and to find out more about him. Running alongside Margaret’s story, is a story from the past involving journalists, gangsters and townsfolk with strong religious beliefs. This sets a counterpoint to the modern cosmopolitan setting of Margaret’s time. The book is brought to a completion in a satisfying way I feel that rounded off the novel nicely for me.
I really like the elements of scottish culture that were included in the tale, as a sassenach I am not sure how true to life they are, but I still liked them. Then again, there were points in the book when the ‘actions’ of the characters left me feeling indescribably ill, but it was well told and in keeping with the context of the story; as well as adding to the suspense of the conclusion.
Also, a few weeks later and I’m still thinking about this book from time to time – it warrants readiing again, I think.
As this is not a style of book I tend to read, I don’t know who it will appeal to most, probably those who like detective style tales, though it isn’t neccessarily that type of story in the strictest sense.
I received an electronic galley of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
The crash is the unravelling of Margaret Holloway. Trapped inside a car about to explode, she is rescued by a scarred stranger who then disappears. Margaret remembers little, but she’s spent her life remembering little – her childhood is full of holes and forgotten memories. Now she has a burning desire to discover who she is and why her life has been shrouded in secrets. What really happened to her when she was a child? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious man who saved her life?
Flitting effortlessly between past and present, this is a suspenseful, gritty and emotionally charged journey of an estranged father and daughter, exploring the strength of family ties and our huge capacity for forgiveness.