A historical fiction that is rich in detail and full of mystery with a brilliant twist!
I was kindly gifted this in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour.
The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown
By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still.
For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.
But once you open a door to the past, can you ever truly close it again?
Although I felt this was a little slow to begin with, the second two thirds of the book really picked up pace and it really started to become a fascinating mystery full of secrets that I was desperate to unravel.
Historical fiction isn’t my usual genre but I thought this was brilliant as the mystery of the fire at the Great House felt like I was reading a thriller at times. I had no idea just where the story was going and just when you think it’s all wrapped up, you’re hit with a jaw dropping twist that took me by complete surprise!
The story is split and alternates between the present day and past events. These were all easily linked and really helped to enhance the mystery of it all as we learn what happened to Ivy and the events that surrounded that day.
Beth Underdown is a skilled author who captures the time period perfectly, the descriptions are rich in detail and the story as a whole was one I thoroughly enjoyed.