Fiction

33 Women by Isabel Ashdown

This was a book that appeared in my daily BookDrop email, daily deals and limited price drops on books from Hachette UK. You can sign up here if you fancy some great book suggestions. I had a brief space between my Netgalley books and managed to squeeze this one in. So glad I bought it, it was such a good story.

About the book

When sisters Celine and Pip get a call telling them their reclusive mother has died, the two women assemble at her riverside home in Arundel to pick up the pieces. But someone is missing – their sister, Vanessa, brutally murdered years ago and the victim of an unsolved case. 

As the sisters confront ghosts from the past, the discovery of another body in similar circumstances throws new light on Vanessa’s death. Could there be more to her case than the police first thought? And what do the mysterious residents of Two Cross Farm, the isolated women’s commune, have to do with it? What secrets are lurking behind their locked gates?

Isabel Ashdown is back in a twisty new thriller where nothing is quite what it seems….

What I thought

There isn’t a lot I can say about the plot of this book without giving something away.  Definitely a book where the less you know before starting, the better.

I will say I didn’t like any of the characters.  It didn’t matter, and it didn’t spoil the book in any way for me, but they all irritated me in their own way, I don’t really know why.  It’s a compelling read, and kept me guessing until at one point the author gave away a huge clue and I did get one of my guesses right but to be honest I thought it a bit of a spoiler because other than that one clue I would never have guessed until the revelations right near the end. 

The story alternates between the women who live at the women’s commune and their individual stories both in the present and in past years and Celine and Pip who have come to arrange their mother’s funeral and put her house on the market which is just down the road from the commune.  They are a family who have become estranged over many years, neither sisters having much time for their mother who had only ever been concerned with her own life and not the lives of her daughters, but also the two remaining sisters who had lost touch since their other sister’s murder 15 years ago.

Perhaps two thirds of the way through I did feel the book was getting a little slow, but it soon picked up again with a very suspenseful conclusion and lots of ‘aha’ moments.  I would definitely read another book by this author.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The book is available in e-book, paperback and audio and can be found on Amazon as well as many other retailers.

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