I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Michelle Davies, Shadow of a Doubt on my blog today. With thanks to Alainna Hadjigeorgiou from Orion Books for inviting me to take part.
Twenty-five years ago my brother was murdered in my family home.
I was sent to a psychiatric unit for killing him.
The truth is, I didn’t do it.
The whole world believed nine-year-old Cara killed her younger brother on that fateful night. But she blamed it on a paranormal entity she swears was haunting her house.
No one believed her and after two years of treatment in a psychiatric unit for delusional disorder, Cara was shunned by her remaining family and put into foster care.
Now she’s being forced to return to the family home for the first time since her brother’s death, but what if she’s about to re-discover the evil that was lurking inside its walls?
Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies is a creepy psychological thriller opening with a chilling prologue. It gripped me right from the first page. I have previously read Michelle Davies’s DC Maggie Neville series, which I have really enjoyed, so I was intrigued to find out that she was bringing out a standalone. I’m pleased to say that my high expectations for Shadow of a Doubt were met and I loved it.
We meet Cara, who has had a dark cloud hanging over her since she was very small. Now in her thirties, Cara is perturbed when she receives a text from a family member, letting her know that her biological mother has died. Cara hasn’t seen her family since she was a small after they abandoned her. Her family, the police, and the country held her responsible her young brother’s death after he became trapped behind the curtains in their living room and suffocated. But Cara has always remained adamant that she had nothing to do with her brother’s death and it was a ghost, who she nicknamed, Limey Stan, who haunted their house. Even in her adult years, she still believes it. With her return to her hometown, is the truth about Limey Stan about to be revealed?
I really felt sorry for Cara. She has suffered from unimaginable trauma in her life, following the death of her brother. I was fascinated by the story of the ghost, which she still wholeheartedly believes. It made me want to know what really happened that night back in 1994 when her brother died. Was Cara really responsible for his death? Did her imagination create the story of Limey Stan in an attempt to block out the terrible truth?
I could never really be sure what was really going on here. Cara manages to convince a small minority of people that the ghost was responsible, but the majority still can’t believe she is still going on about this. She is determined to get to the bottom of things when she comes back to her hometown, and I was rooting for her to get to the truth. I also wanted to know why her mother had left her house to her in her will. This seemed an extraordinarily generous thing to do for someone who completely cut their daughter out of their life. Was her mother doing this to make Cara come to terms with the truth? I had so many questions which I wanted to know the answers to.
Michelle Davies creates a really creepy atmosphere. I love a good ghost story, and Shadow of a Doubt certainly fits the bill. Michelle Davies ratchets up the tension as the book races towards its conclusion and Michelle Davies expertly plants red herrings, turning your attention away from the real culprit. This is an excellent psychological thriller.
Publication date: 12th November 2020
Print length: 368 pages
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