Release date: June 20, 2023
At seventeen, Lenora Hope
Hung her sister with a rope
Now reduced to a schoolyard chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast one bloody night in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. Other than her denial after the killings, she has never spoken publicly about that night, nor has she set foot outside Hope’s End, the cliffside mansion where the massacre occurred.
Stabbed her father with a knife
Took her mother’s happy life
It’s now 1983, and home-health aide Kit McDeere arrives at a decaying Hope’s End to care for Lenora after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night. In her seventies and confined to a wheelchair, Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate with Kit by tapping out sentences on an old typewriter. One night, Lenora uses it to make a tantalizing offer—I want to tell you everything.
“It wasn’t me,” Lenora said
But she’s the only one not dead
As Kit helps Lenora write about the events leading to the Hope family massacre, it becomes clear there’s more to the tale than people know. But when new details about her predecessor’s departure come to light, Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth—and that the seemingly harmless woman in her care could be far more dangerous than she first thought.
Nothing says summer like a new Riley Sager thriller for so I was excited to kick off my own summer reading with his latest. This one was pretty wild with some solid twists but things did feel a little unnecessarily complicated and convenient at times. Not a huge deal for me, I was super entertained but something to keep in mind if suspending disbelief is an issue for you. The setting of this one was so good, a creepy and crumbling old mansion set on a precarious cliff side?! Say less. For some reason when I started this I didn’t recall that it was set in the early eighties but when I realized it I was even more excited. Something about a creepy and sinister house in the past just worked for me. If you like solving long buried mysteries, fantastic settings and plenty of delicious twists this was fun!
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.