Rosie is dead. She knows she is dead. What we don't know is who killed and her and why.
Kate is the Mother of one of Rosie's "acquaintances". Rosie doesn't have friends. Rosie would spend time quietly at Kate's yard helping with her horses. She had a natural affinity to the animals who can read your innermost thoughts and feelings.
The investigation into Rosie's murder is slow. Kate becomes friendly with Jo, Rosie's bereaved Mum and needs to know for herself what happened to the quiet, shy girl. Who caused the change in their idyllic village.
Dinners were burnt and my children went to bed late when I was reading this book. I just couldn't put it down. Whilst firmly away from the traditional crime thriller; you are lead through what happened.
At first I was reminded of "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold with the way Rosie tells her story. She starts with flashbacks to her childhood and builds the picture of her life but chapters are also included by Kate and Rosie's younger sister Delphine. The story is heart wrenching. You can physically feel the pain in their lives and that's a testament to how well written it is.
I thoroughly recommend this book and would encourage you all to get out there and support this budding author.
You can find out more about Debbie Howells on her website www.debbiehowells.co.uk