I’ve finally completed reading this book 📚. I’m all types of feels because of how the book was written. Here’s the synopsis of the book as stated on GoodReads…
Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.
She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.
Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.
Warning ⚠️ :If you’ve not read the book I suggest you stop here as I’m going to be dissecting the book and eventually spoilers will be mentioned.
The story is told of the main character Libby, 25 yr old who inherits her family home. She’s excited and looks forward to the scary and exciting journey. Libby learns that she has older “siblings” and her parents were apart of a “murder” “suicide”. All is still not clear so she works with the lead journalist Miller Roe who covered the story to find out what truly happened.
The story is told from three persons point of view:
Lucy *no relation yet
Henry a 12 yr old boy talks of his wealthy family and how he looks forward to going to a top private school. He lives with his mom dad and sister Lucy. Henry talks of his mom a budding socialite and dad a man who has inherited his family’s money. He later learns that his family is no longer rich soon after his mom takes in a family Birdie and Justin. Henry doesn’t like Birdie and he is puzzled because his mom allowed her and boyfriend to stay. Soon after another family comes David, Sally, Clemency, and Phin. His home has become crowded. Henry is obsessed with Phin. He’s in love. Henry grew closer to Justin a herbalist. He made different types of potions for ailments. It was not until Justin left Henry started doing his concoctions. Henry is very pissed with everything that is happening in his house, he’s now homeschooled with the other children, and living as a poor family thanks to David who was now in charge of the family’s finances.
To be honest I wasn’t sure where the story was going with Lucy. I was somewhat lost. Here’s what I gathered. A single mom of two kids Marco and Stella. She was once married to a wealthy man Micheal, he was very abusive and also happens to be Marcos Dad. Lucy did odd jobs playing her 🎻. She wasn’t stable she moved around a lot. It was not until she got a message notification that the baby was 25. Lucy must do everything she can to see the baby even if it meant committing murder?
The story started out slow but gradually developed and was a page-turner. It got spooky at one point but nothing you shouldn’t be able to handle. I was kind of disturbed about the alleged “Child Abuse” that was briefly mentioned. The circumstances around the alleged murder/suicide was cleared up, Libby gained new love and siblings. Henry is a whole character,they’re some points in the story where I felt bad for him but that little boy is the devil 😩😩. Y’all I was cursing him out. Henry’s mother I wanted to knock some sense into her, can she be any more stupid and gullible urgggggh. Henry’s dad was just there anything to make his wife happy.
This book also made me think how as parents we ought to consider how our actions affect children. Children have feelings too.
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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