Book: The Girl in the Letter
Author: Emily Gunnis
A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.
1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.
Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late.
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever …
I loved this! It was such a wonderful surprise to pick up this book and just have such a great story told to me.
It had everything that I love about reading in it. It had intrigue, mystery, crime; and amazingly written narrative. The pace was really good, I felt that I was flying through it because I couldn’t stop reading it, and yet there were still plot twists. The story itself was really ingenious. I loved the whole set up of tackling the problems of the homes for pregnant mothers, and it was especially poignant in this format. I felt for the characters, and I kept thinking about myself, or my mother or grandmother, in that position.
The story had such a climax and a satisfying ending. I loved how quickly the story moved, but I was never confused or led astray – it just moved perfectly on and covered everything it needed to.
I’ve never read anything quite like this, which made the take on the genre stand out even more. I thought it was clever and left me with lots to think about. One of the best ARC’s I’ve received off Netgalley.
Rating: 4.5 stars