Honestly, this is not the kind of book that I normally read because the narrator keeps switching between two women, one from the early 1900’s and one in present day times. However, the way the author threads their stories together is fascinating, so this is on my “you have to read this book” list! Kaine is fleeing California where her husband was murdered (although no one will believe her) and is settling into the home of her great-grandmother Ivy. The story of Ivy is woven through the story of Kaine, with the chapters in the book taking turns between the two. Ivy lost her brother at a very young age and has never really moved on from that tragedy. She keeps a “death book” of those that die so that they will be remembered. That task is easy enough until a young woman’s body is discovered at a house on Foster Hill, stuck into a tree trunk. She is unidentified, but Ivy names her Gabriella and is determined to find out what happened to her and to her baby, because she had given birth shortly before she was killed. Ivy risks her life to find out the truth. Now, Kaine is trying to find out the truth about her family heritage, a story that is interwoven with Ivy’s and thus also fraught with danger. The story is so well-written that the reader is enticed to keep reading to find out what happens to these two women and why is the house on Foster Hill a place of secrets and death.
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