I admit the cover grabbed my attention straight away. Isn't that what we notice in the bookstore displays? A cover that appeals? Well, that and an author we love.
The beginning of this book is a letter to Helen. It's from one of our main characters and that character is writing from prison. You don't know if it's a man or woman but they contact Helen to share a secret which I assumed would devastate her. For what it's worth, I guessed wrong on the author's identity, I mean completely as I didn't even have the correct gender of the writer!
The house itself is always part of the story. It’s an old house registered with English heritage. It has a lovely doorway, huge old Georgian windows surrounded by ivy. Just look at the cover so you get a mental image. It looks like a place I'd love to live.
Our main characters are Helen, Daniel, Serena, Rory and Rachel. With the exception of Rachel they all attended Cambridge University. Helen and Daniel are married and Helen's brother Rory is married to Serena. Both ladies are very pregnant and while you'd think the sister-in-laws would be bonding it's a bit awkward at times.
Helen is a rather nosy character and goes through Serena's cabinets and drawers. One day she finds a note and she can’t figure out who it’s from (as if it's any of her business.)
Wear it to show me
She knows it isn’t Serena’s handwriting and wonders if her brother Rory is having an affair. The initial W doesn’t mean anything to her but it is revealed who W is at the end of the book. That part was quite clever, however Helen not knowing the hand writing raised suspicion with me as it is someone she knows very well. But that's much later in the book.....
Rachel is a wild, smoking and drinking young woman who attends the same birthing class as Helen. She slowly insinuates herself into Helen's life even though Helen has zero in common with her. From the beginnning I was wondering why Helen didn't avoid Rachel but you will see her end game as you read on.
I know so many books are compared to Gone Girl but this one has the over-the-waterfall revelations and I enjoyed every surprise.
Brilliant writing and plot, I couldn't put this one down. With all the mysteries I read there are the occasional books which I can leave for days and then I get back to them. Not this one. I have been fortunate to have a great run of luck with the mysteries I've gotten from Netgalley and the library lately. 4 & 1/2 Stars.
Publication date is January 25, 2022 by Gallery Books. Genre: Mystery and Thriller. Look out for this one and I hope Ms. Faulkner continues with future engaging plots.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review, all opinions are mine.
Katherine Faulkner is a journalist and lives in London and Greenwich Park is her first novel.
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