This book was really a short story as a prequel to the fantasy regarding Chris and his daughter Becky who tell a story of a fantasy land. It's their father/daughter bonding which is greatly reflected in their story telling.
Very interesting and caught me wanting more.
As much as I truly enjoyed Tana French's previous entry in this series (Broken Harbor) which made me want to like this one as much, it just wasn't possible.
This story centered around a near Cold Case of the murder of a teenage boy at a girl's boarding school. The characters of the girls in attendance lack dimension and made it very difficult to plow through the story. The pace was too slow in spots which made me as the reader want to say "Get on with it" and the high school girls just were too over the top caricatures of what I suppose boarding school girls are believed to be. Sadly disappointed.
Fiona Knox feels like the world is crashing in on her - her flower shop has been closed, her wedding is off (her fiancé ran off with the wedding cake baker) so running away seems like a good idea. Having been notified earlier that she has inherited her godfather's cottage in Scotland, she flies away from her troubles - or is it to more trouble? As soon as she arrives she and the caretaker discover the body of her godfather's lawyer in the magical garden. But where is the magic? Everything in the garden seems dead along with the lawyer. In the small village, everyone seems to have a reason to kill the lawyer, but who? Fiona works to find out while trying to blend into the village life.
Loved it! The descriptions of the area and the garden were breathtaking. The characters were fun, leaving room for growth while still have a good amount of depth.
Quinn Bellandini has opted to help her grandfather by working with her sister Delilah running the family B&B in Savannah. She also has been told by Delilah and her grandfather that her deceased Uncle Frank is there to lend aid as well. So when she discovers the body of the brother of her friend Drew, she feels that she needs to prove his innocence (clearing her name as well - the police seem to think they were in it together).
The characters of Quinn and her family were fun and I look forward to more of her adventures, but some of the other characters need some additional dimension. The story was fun!
This book to me was absolutely fascinating! Rarely will a work of fiction surrounding actual events urge me to seek additional information of the reality depicted, but before I was halfway through, I had to search out more information about the plane crashes in Elizabeth, NJ.
The writing was superb and the imaginings of the characters, whether based on real life individuals or characters of the author's imagination, I was engrossed by their feelings and reactions to the events.
This book was selected for my book club and we all enjoyed it.