A former Customs and Police Officer, Andrew Hill is just putting the finishing touches to the first book in a crime series set in the New Forest, where he lived for 30 years. An avid reader across the crime genre and regular at Crimefest, he now lives in West Sussex and works in property.
Our protagonist, Grace, is still haunted by the death of her best friend, Charlie and her final message. So much so that she’s on medication and is battling depression; with crippled self-doubt. Her relationship with childhood sweetheart Ben appears to be fragile as he’s starting to behave a little strangely.
A time capsule/memory box, belonging to the erstwhile Charlie, shows Grace that there was so much about her dead friend that she didn’t know. In an effort to find out more, Grace tries to find Charlie’s father and succeeds in discovering Anna, who claims to be Charlie’s long lost sister. Anna’s appearance seems to give Grace a chance to have a piece of Charlie back in her life and she even offers Anna a roof over her head, which however doesn’t go down well with Ben.
The story flits between the Grace’s teenage years, the relationship with Charlie and burgeoning romance with Ben and the present day.Debut author Louise Jensen’s tale bowls along with nods to Single White Female, Misery and even Bridget Jones. Fold in a possible stalker, threatening letters, a hate campaign, Charlie’s alcoholic mother and Grace not knowing who to trust and you have a convoluted, dual timeline story