Brief description: Daniel Richardson and his best friend, Hugh Ashley-Hunt, both rising British actors, are in love with the same woman, the free-spirited Tamsyn Burke. Reluctantly, Daniel steps aside when Tamsyn decides to marry Hugh. Shortly before the wedding, however, she's murdered, and suspicion falls on the family, friends, and associates present.
Most of the novel is told from Daniel's POV. His grief and confusion evident as he tries to process Tamsyn's death. Daniel feels the loss acutely--for himself and for his best friend Hugh, the man Tamsyn was going to marry.
Reluctantly, Daniel joins forces with Tamsyn's sister Carey in an effort to discover who could have killed Tamsyn. Was Tamsyn the free-spirit she appeared to be? How well do we know even friends and family? How do events in the past influence the future?
Julia Thomas allows things to percolate slowly as Daniel attempts to distill his memories of his relationship with Tamsyn and then to incorporate information he learns when he accompanies Carey to Wales to visit Tamsyn's family.
Thomas has done a fine job in creating her characters and in building a complex plot, giving away just enough to keep you wondering if your suspicions are correct. I look forward to more from Julia Thomas.
Read in February. Blog review scheduled for June 21, 2016.
Mystery/Crime. July 8, 2016. Print version: 360 pages.