She’s a murderer.Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?
So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial.
Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now.
That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important…
She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder.
And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.
So she must fight. Against the odds.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This isn’t a traditional prison drama. It conveys the claustrophobia and menace of life behind bars but doesn’t rely on overt abuse, or violence to make this point. It ensures you concentrate on Tabitha’s desperate situation.
Tabitha is an unreliable protagonist she has mental health issues which may impair her memory recall and perception of events on that day. The supporting characters seen through Tabitha’s eyes are relatable and demonstrate how villages are often prone to gossip and sidelining individuals who don’t fit in. Tabitha engenders empathy. She is alone and initially confused, not knowing who to trust in a dangerous environment.
The story explores Tabitha’s momentous journey towards her trial and its outcome, believably whilst parts may seem unlikely the reader wants her to find justice. The courtroom parts of the story are enthralling, and Tabitha’s character development is most apparent here.
The outcome is a satisfying end to a suspenseful, often poignant story.
Listening to this story as an audiobook makes it easy to absorb and get to know the characters. The narration is clear, engaging, and the portrayal of the numerous characters excellent. This is an enjoyable, listening experience.