The story is an emotional one but the writing is clinical and clean. Taking it one step at a time, we are taken through two traumatic events in Tess Dawson's life. One was the violent death of her brother and the other was the unresolved death of her baby Rachel. Told in an investigative form in precise detail we have Tess at a safe house - she would never survive in a prison. Getting her therapy and trying to overcome her mute state, Tess gradually opens to her empathic therapist. Evelyn Doyle understands Tess's traumatic state and gradually the story of Tess's life unfolds from the time she was a little girl, with a vicious, manipulative mother a distant father and a bullying brother. Tess has believed that she was responsible for both Rachel's and Stephen's deaths and this has weighed heavily on her, adding to her troubled mind. How therapy and a gentle, correct handling can sort out the most troubled souls is Tess's story. More details would be a spoiler for the story and the telling of it are beautifully done. an author I will be definitely be looking out for. Sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Troubador Publishing Limited.
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