By Natasha Mostert
Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.
In the 1980s, a child witnesses the murder of her mother. Twenty years later, Jennilee Gray disappears from her home. When she is found she is no longer the same girl. She has no memory of her previous life and has created a new identity for herself as Eloise Blake.
Her guardian, Daniel Barone, fears for her safety and asks for help from his old friend, Leon Simonetti. Simonetti sends his son, Jack, to help.
Jack is at first unwilling to help but soon finds himself fascinated by Eloise and the life she has created for herself. He soon comes to realise that she is in danger.
The concept of the book is brilliant. Through a riveting storyline, Natasha Mostert deals with the mystery of memory as the key to who we are. She shows how closely linked are science and magic/mysticism. How power and greed and even love can make you do unimaginably cruel deeds.
Something that I had never heard of before is parkour/free running, which plays quite a large part in the story and fits perfectly. The descriptions of the characters pursuing this activity were excellent and had me running to youtube to check it out.
This is definitely one of my books of the year. There is not a dull page in it. It is totally compelling, with vivid descriptions and an intelligent and commanding narrative. Hugely recommended.
Many thanks to the publishers for my copy via Netgalley