When a fire destroys the Empress Theatre, a devastating tragedy unfolds. Amelia’s
mother lost her piece of mind forever when she left her daughter alone for a few
lifechanging moments. The dance school lost their beloved teacher, Hilary, who died
saving the lives of her young pupils. Karin lost her memory, and the answers she
desperately craves. Claudia lost the one thing that would have made her perfect life
complete. As local reporter Leanne picks over the embers of that night, what seemed like
a straightforward case of negligence becomes something else entirely: somebody is
lying – each person has lost something, but one of them has sold their soul…
When a fire rips through the Empress Theatre, resulting in the devastating loss of life, the entire town of Sedgefield is left in a state of shock. As the anniversary of the tragedy approaches, local reporter Leanne still believes she knows who is to blame for the events that took place that fateful night and is determined to bring them to justice no matter what it takes.
As she delves back into her initial findings from that evening, she comes to realise that she has been wrong on many accounts, especially as she comes to realise that someone is claiming to be something they are not. Leanne is more determined than ever to find out who is responsible for causing the fire and bringing that person to justice once and for all.
Alongside following Leanne’s investigation, we are introduced to various other characters who have had their lives irrevocably changed by the fire, from losing family members to being caught up in the fire and being left with lifelong injuries themselves, it becomes apparent that there is far more to this story than meets the eye.
The story is told from varying perspectives and quickly unearths the fact that each of the women we meet along the way are harbouring their own secrets and know far more about the events that took place than they are initially letting on. We are taken through a series of complex twists and turns which keep you the edge of your seat as the story progresses and the truth is finally revealed.
A story full of fascinating characters and a storyline that has the perfect levels of suspense and tension throughout.
About the Author
Amanda Brooke published her first novel in her mid-forties, having turned to writing as a way of coping with the death of her young son. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Sun, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, and in the last decade she has continued to write bestselling books with a strong emotional theme and an element of psychological suspense.
*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Harper Collins Publishers and Amanda Brooke for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*