Now I have to say that, this review, before I’ve even written any words will never do this book justice what so ever.
I started this book late one evening, I thought I’d get a little start before hitting the pillow but I only managed to get to about page 8 and stopped. The story opens and it’s shocking and it’s heart breaking and even just reading those few pages I found it hard to switch off.
The Girl in the Maze is the story of 3 women, we have Betty who opens the story, her daughter Margret and also Margaret’s daughter Emma. Through Emma and Betty we not only hear their story but Margaret’s as well.
Essentially the story focuses on mother daughter relationships and when Emma’s mother Margaret dies, Emma being an only child has to deal with clearing her mothers house. Having had a difficult relationship with her mother it’s a hard time for Emma and when she stumbles across a very well kept secret she’s urged by Margaret’s solicitor Graham to leave the past in the past. But can she do that?
I’ve never read a book like this before, it’s shocking yet absorbing, it’s a tough read yet it’s so moving. I couldn’t help feeling the characters pain, every emotion they felt I felt and it’s such a hard book to put down.
This is Cathy Hayward’s debut novel and its such a stunning, well written story. It covers some really dark topics and I can’t imagine how hard these would have been to write but I’m so pleased that Cathy Hayward did because this story will stay with me for a very long time.
Massive thanks to Agora Books for the arc and for the opposite to join the blog tour.