Hello and welcome back to Read, Write, Inspire. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing The Cursed Girls by Caro Ramsay. Huge thanks to Anne over at Random Things Tours and Caro for providing me with a copy for review.
Megan Melvick has spent years avoiding her inheritance, the dark and disquieting family estate Benbrae, now home only to her distant, aristocratic father, and her sister Melissa, dying quietly in an upstairs bedroom. Trapped behind her unreliable hearing aids and vulnerable to what others want her to see, Megan is unable to find the answers she wants: why is there a new woman on her father’s arm? And why has their absent mother not returned to say a final goodbye to Melissa?
Benbrae has always been a place of loss and misfortune for Megan, but as the Melvick family diminishes still further, she must ask one final question. If there is a curse on the house, will she be its next victim?
- This gripping psychological thriller features Megan Melvick, a disabled woman with a traumatic past, fighting the malevolent curse on her isolated family estate
- Perfect for fans of Scottish crime such as Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Alex Gray, Stuart MacBride and Quintin Jardine
- In the acclaimed Anderson and Costello series, Absolution was shortlisted for the CWA’s New Blood Dagger for best debut of the year and The Suffering of Strangers was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018
I have to say straight off the bat I loved this book. The set up between Megan and Carla made it all the more interesting and the building of suspense was incredible.
I genuinely had no idea where a lot of this was leading, and the layers upon which the story was built were weaved perfectly. I felt myself asking questions the more I read on and I really did feel for Megan and Carla.
The Italian House is described in a way which invokes feeling and emotion, sat in the grounds of a place you would probably want to visit just out of sheer curiosity. Ramsay set the scenes up so well, the descriptions given with such thought to how the characters sat within them. I had the sense of a haze summer afternoon filled with mystery and secrets.
A truly wonderful read.
About The Author
Caro Ramsay is the Glaswegian author of the critically acclaimed Anderson and Costello series, the first of which, Absolution, was shortlisted for the CWA’s New Blood Dagger for best debut of the year. The ninth book in the series, The Suffering of Strangers, was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018.
The Cursed Girls
Publication date: 03 June 2021
‘A wild ride packed with mysterious questions and shocking answers’
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