Something very bad happened to Dani Lancing.
Twenty years later, her father is still trying to get her to talk.
Her best-friend has become a detective, the last hope of all the lost girls.
And her mother is about to become a killer.
A hauntingly original debut that will stay with you long after the last page.
A fantastic debut, markedly different from the standard murdered girl, bereaved family and ensuing police investigation type of formulaic crime fiction. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit confused at the beginning with seemingly supernatural elements to the book, but by the first quarter I was lapping it up.
I probably could have finished this in half the time it eventually took, but work and life got out of balance and tiredness took over; all resulting in Dani Lancing taking the better part of a week to complete. Possibly more enjoyable for savouring the tale for longer and in smaller bites.
Friendship, school, family, death, loss, University, journalism, police, forensics, affairs, drugs, adultery, abuse, Durham, marriage, love and secrets.
Enjoyable, satisfying, interesting ........all fairly meaningless adjectives when praising this remarkable read. Viner’s depiction of a family’s grief and the fractures that follow is heart-rending. The twists in the narrative when 20 years after Dani Lancing’s death, things begin to move towards a resolution are astonishing.
Hard to believe this is a first book. Definitely an author to look out for in the future.
Bang! Viner smacks it out of the park!
5 from 5 – well worth a look.
Accessed via Net Galley.