As She Left It by Catriona McPherson is her Midnight Ink debut novel. Publisher: Midnight Ink, June 2013
When she was twelve years old, Opal Jones escaped her mother’s endless drinking. Now, returning to their small Leeds cottage after her mum’s death, Opal feels like she’s gone back in time. Nosey Mrs. Pickess is still polishing her windows to a sparkle. Fishbo, Opal’s ancient music teacher, still plays trumpet with his band. And much to Opal’s delight, her favorite neighbor, Margaret Reid, still keeps an eye on things from the walk in front of her house.
But a tragedy has struck Mote Street. Margaret’s grandson, Craig, disappeared some ten years ago, and every day he’s not found, shame and sorrow settle deeper into the neighborhood’s forgotten corners. As the door she closed on her own dark past begins to open, Opal uncovers more secrets than she can bear about the people who were once her friends.
What a thrilling read that ropes you in the minute you turn that first page with words that puts you right in the middle of all the action in this gripping drama that I could not put down. Oh, what emotes from every scene digs into your internal soul and all you can do is catch a ride and see where it all lands in this compelling and beautifully written work of art. Kudos to the author for providing me with an engaging and intense read that stayed with me even after I read the last chapter. All I can say is Bravo, and thank you!