Sara-Jayne Townsend is a published crime and horror writer and likes books in which someone dies horribly. She is founder and Chair Person of the T Party Writers’ Group. http://sarajaynetownsend.weebly.com/
Elizabeth Hampton has not spoken to
her mother in weeks when she gets the phone call informing her that her mother
has been found dead in suspicious circumstances.
only does Elizabeth have to cope with the overwhelming grief and guilt that
arises from these circumstances, but she also learns that her brother Ronnie,
who has Downs Syndrome, is the prime murder suspect. Events take a further twist when Elizabeth
learns that her mother recently changed her will to include a third beneficiary
– a stranger, who is also called Elizabeth.
to clear her brother of the charge of killing his mother, Elizabeth delves into
her mother’s past, and discovers some dark secrets there.
is a taut thriller revolving around a family with troubles and secrets, and
characters that are all too realistic in their flaws and foibles. Elizabeth
herself comes over sometimes as self-absorbed and a tad annoying, but as a
twenty-six year old graduate student, she is a young woman still trying to come
to terms with what it means to be a grown up, and the grief and isolation she
experiences when she learns that she is an orphan, is sympathetically done and
very realistic. Elizabeth, a year
younger than her brother, also has the added burden of a lifelong resentment
against the knowledge that she was only conceived because her mother – in her
mid-thirties when Ronnie was born – worried about her Downs Syndrome son having
no one to take care of him when she passed away.
a book that’s full of surprises and will keep you engrossed as Elizabeth delves
further into her mother’s history and discovers that she really didn’t know her
at all. In addition to an intriguing
mystery, this is a book about family secrets and sibling rivalries and about
how, in the end, family ties are always firm no matter what.
should be aware that this book was originally released under the title ‘Never