Allie has had a long time to think about her past. She has been behind bars for 10 years for a crime she knows she never committed. She had to leave her family and precious daughter and sit in a prison cell day after day being reminded that her freedom was gone. The author does a great job of expressing Allie's anguish over her unfair life.
What would it be like to be accused of killing someone and being sent to prison? Allie is determined that someday she will prove her innocence. Her time finally comes when she gets released on parole. She goes back to her hometown where she is shunned, sneered at and avoided by the townspeople. I can't imagine what it would feel like to go back to the town where everyone believed you were a murderer. The author does a great job of developing characters. Her writing style is engrossing and intense.
The story is electrifying with twists and turns. Allie and her sister Emma are as different as night and day. Does Emma know something about the night of the murder? Why is Emma so jealous of her sister? When Emma takes in Allie's daughter , Caroline she becomes very protective of her. Will their relationship change once Allie decides she wants her daughter back? The mystery is so multi-layered that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are several characters in the book that are questionable when it comes to their loyalty. The story talks about family relationships, deceit , trust and forgiveness. Get ready for a powerful book that delves into the depths of a person's conscious and delivers an unforgettable ending. Will Allie prove her innocence?
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.