Title: Go to My Grave
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
From Catriona McPherson, the Agatha-Award winning author of Quiet Neighbors, comes a clever, spine-tingling standalone Gothic thriller.
Donna Weaver has put everything she has into restoring The Breakers, an old bed and breakfast on a remote stretch of beach in Galloway. Now it sits waiting—freshly painted, richly furnished, filled with flowers—for the first guests to arrive.
But Donna’s guests, a contentious group of estranged cousins, soon realize that they’ve been here before, years ago. Decades have passed, but that night still haunts them: a sixteenth birthday party that started with peach schnapps and ended with a girl walking into the sea.
Each of them had made a vow of silence: “lock it in a box, stitch my lips, and go to my grave.”
But now someone has broken the pact. Amid the home-baked scones and lavish rooms, someone is playing games, locking boxes, stitching lips. And before the weekend is over, at least one of them will go to their grave.
Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson is a thriller that gives the reader a group of unreliable characters and puts them into close proximity to keep the reader guessing. This one also takes this set up to a new level in which you not only have the current timeline but also one from the past with a different point of view in each timeline.
In the present timeline of the story Donna Weaver has put everything into remodeling and old bed and breakfast and is anticipating the opening. When her guests begin to arrived Donna finds that she has a house full of cousins who seem to have been to the property years ago and carry a secret from that time.
In 1991 this group was together at the same location for a sixteenth birthday party. That night of the party started out well but things eventually got out of hand and ended in a girl walking into the sea. Those left vowed to cover up the secrets of that night but now returning to the scene it seems someone is looking for the truth.
Go to My Grave is one of those atmospheric and dark tales that should keep a reader guessing on who to trust with no one seeming reliable. However, there really is a fine line between and untrustworthy/suspicious character and more of what I found here which was simply unlikable. I have trouble enjoying a story tremendously when I don’t care if the suspects become victims or not and that would be a case here. There’s an ok mystery behind the characters but I would have preferred connecting to them a bit more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
CATRIONA MCPHERSON was born in Scotland in 1965 and lived there until immigrating to the US in 2010. Her Dandy Gilver historical mysteries have won numerous awards, including two Agathas, and her contemporary novels have won two Anthony awards and been Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark finalists. Catriona is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and a former national president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Davis, California, where she writes full-time.