Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster (♦♦♦)

Adam Lockwood inherits his grandparents’ cottage in the North Yorkshire moors, and convinces his wife Grace to relocate there from London alongside their toddler Millie. However, a week after arriving at the moors, Adam vanishes without a trace leaving Millie on the front porch just after dusk.

Grace leaves the moors after Adam’s disappearance and travels to France with her parents to nurse her wounds, but after a year, she is ready to find answers and goes back to the moors accompanied by her daughter. When Grace arrives, she is welcomed by members of the Blakeney family, whose matriarch has lived in the village since birth. Not without difficulties Grace begins to find clues in the most unexpected places and only when it seems she is on the brink of losing her sanity, she has a daring thought that changes everything.

This is a good ghost story though not a memorable one. The desolate moors contribute to the sinister atmosphere and so does the folklore of the place, but in this book nothing is what it seems and even ghosts can be conjured at will.

Despite not being unforgettable, Beneath the Shadows is compulsively readable and keeps one guessing until the final page. It is very well written and has great character development. The secrets of the Blakeney family are perfect ingredients for a conventional soap opera. After all is said and done, Grace, Ben and Claire are the only morally sound characters in the story, and Millie, but she is a toddler…

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