Book Review: The Hidden Legacy by G.J. Minett


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Source: ARC from Publisher

1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.

2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .

Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she's invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman's will, she's far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.

But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There's just one problem - Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash.

Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .


Wow this took me an age to get through. It's one of those novels that time jumps a lot. I read it at a busy time of year and I think this affected my enjoyment of it. I'm not a huge fan of novels that time jump anyway but I found myself constantly flicking back and forth to remind myself of what happened when.

The first chapter is really gripping and I can see why it won an award but I felt that the rest of novel failed to reach that level of suspense again. It trundled along and even though I couldn't say it was boring it still didn't really grip me enough to give me the urge to pick it up again after I had put it down.

I looked forward to reading John's chapters the most but as the book went on I found that his personality was a little diluted. I think I would have preferred him to be a little bitter about everything as it would have been more interesting to read and would have added some much needed suspense.

I know this review may seem negative but I actually did enjoy reading this and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone who doesn't mind a slower paced read.


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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