There is no justice, Malcolm had told her once, but we stand for it anyway. Justice is the ideal, but justice is not the reality.
Published: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Length: Approximately 11 hours
Series: N/A – Stand-alone
Mary Hand Mary Hand, Dead and buried under land. She’ll say she wants to be your friend. Do not let her in again.
Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants-—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too-smart-for-their-own-good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears…
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won’t be silenced…
Okay friends, I’ve literally been sitting on this review for like two months because I just haven’t gotten around to it, but I’m excited to finally be talking about this one because it was a damn good novel and an even better audiobook.
I borrowed this from the library on a whim because I had actually tried to request this from Penguin when it was an ARC and I was really into mystery/thrillers, but I got declined and it just fell back on my TBR. I found it randomly when I was fishing for new audiobooks and I’m so so so glad I got it. This was a phenomenally done audiobook and I was listening to it every spare moment I had.
There are a few central mysteries happening here; two murders and a ghost story. You have the death of Fiona’s sister and the way she feels it isn’t over and settled. Then there is the mysterious disappearance of one of girls at the school in the past and discovering all the things the girls want to keep hidden. Add into that a truly terrifying specter that roams the grounds and preys on the girls and their fears. There are so many mysteries at work and so many questions that this book is one big plot twist after another.
You get a lot of time with each of the characters and you start to really identify with them and feel something for them, which I think is in part due to the amazing narrator for this story. She manages to convey everything they’re feeling in such an articulate way and she really carries the tone and atmosphere of the story. I especially related to Fiona as a sister, and I’ve talked about this before, but I have a little sister who is my absolute best friend and I couldn’t imagine life without her, so when I read books about sisters it instantly hits home for me.
It was atmospheric and spooky and intriguing and addicting and all theses things and more that made it impossible for me to put it down. Usually when I listen to audiobooks I’ll alternate between that and my podcasts that I listen to weekly, but this was so good that I stopped listening to podcasts for a while and was completely absorbed. While there are these three main stories running together they work so well off one another and they tie together in ways you would never imagine, the past and present colliding in such dark and important ways.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this, too. I always enjoy books that go back and forth between times and characters and stories because I like seeing the contrast between the two and then seeing them come together in the end. In this, we get a lot of questions answered in the end, which I was grateful about because I know the current trend is to leave some questions unanswered, but we do get a nice little tie up at the end.
I can’t recommend this one enough for mystery lovers and fiction lovers alike, it was amazing.