After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.
Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.
In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.
Jaime Jo Wright has delivered another gripping mystery that kept me guessing until the last pages. This split time story flowed effortlessly back and forth and really kept the mystery element intriguing even when jumping from the 1940’s into modern day. This particular plot, although unique, was a bit haunting and definitely did not have a lot of levity or brightness. Collin seemed to be the one character that provided a bit of humor and it was a much needed diversion from a lot of the darker and difficult aspects of this story. I think that both of the timelines were so interconnected that it is hard to say which one I preferred. As far as characters go, I had a hard time connecting with Imogene. I was really creeped out by a lot of her actions and I found her to be a frustrating at times. Aggie was also a tough pill to swallow. Her life circumstances left her bitter and grief stricken and her character had to work through those issues. I think her character was genuine to her situation, however she wasn’t Susie Sunshine because she was in a difficult life situation and grieving. As always the writing in this book was really outstanding. Jaime Jo Wright has an almost poetic way with words that really captures the emotion of what she is trying to convey to the reader. While I would recommend this book to readers, I would also say that it has a very somber tone, it doesn’t have a lot of romance, and the subject matter might be unsettling in some places. The mystery is captivating and is well executed, so be prepared to be turning the pages trying to solve it!
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*I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.