Go to My Grave
Minotaur, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
onna Weaver and her mother have partnered in restoring an old bed and breakfast inn,
, in Galloway, by the sea. Its first guests are a family party of eight cousins, celebrating a tenth wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, Donna's mum must attend Scotland's biggest wedding fair, and so is unavailable to help with the inn's opening.
t turns out that this family grouping is a highly dysfunctional one, their relationships frayed by a shared secret - of a tragic event that happened at the same place twenty-five years before. Rightly, someone blames the guests for what happened, and is doing something about it. Flashbacks gradually fill readers in on what happened before.
he novel's prologue mentions a new secret as the outcome of this family gathering, the narrator telling us '
I'll keep this secret and go to my grave.
' Readers share Donna's anticipation of, and preparation for, the event - and
certainly sounds like an enticing destination (absent the family party, that is).
s the guests arrive and realize where they are, tensions between them grow and escalate - they seem an entitled, rather unpleasant bunch, especially Sasha, whose wedding anniversary it is. Odd incidents don't help matters - a hamper that no-one claims sending; something strange blocking a chimney; a doctored picture; and more.
e do find out what's behind it all, and it's quite a shocker - for Donna as well as for readers.
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