This book is set in two time periods with three different women narrating their stories. They are tied together by secrets and a mystery.
Evie Black's story is set in present day. She is Australian, was married to Frenchman Raph and has a teen son named Hugo. Raph died 18 months previously and Evie is now in charge of Raph's Aunt Josephine's estate , Villa Sanary in the French Riviera.
Margo Bissett was a maid for the wealthy couple at Villa Sanary during the 1940's. She is accused of murdering a wealthy American guest during a party but she was most definitely set up. You read this immediately as this is how the book starts. She is told to hide on the terrace and when the fireworks start, Margo is meant to fire a loaded gun into the air. This is the start of "murder" as a party game and her employers insists it's all a prop to start the game. She is arrested and her employer suddenly knows nothing about this "game."
Josephine Murant is a wealthy Parisian and accomplished author of crime/mystery novels. She was also involved dicreetly with the resistance movement during WW II. When she is arrested and placed in Anrath Prison she meets Margo and takes her under her wing. The conditions described are quite awful and the big twist with these two women are revealed around the 90% mark.
Evie Black eventually figures out the mystery of her Aunt Josephine and convicted killer Margo Bissett.
Publication date is November 2, 2021 by William Morrow and Custom House. Genre: Mystery and General Fiction.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review, all opinions are mine.
Sharing with Marg at The Intrepid Reader for the 2021 Historical Fiction Challenge.