i received a copy of the only child from hachette nz in exchange for an honest review.
the only child review
the only child is told in two differing povs. the first one is frankie, from 2013, and the second is brigid in 1949. while being so far apart in time, they share something in common: fairmile. fairmile was originally a catholic nunnery, while in the present day, it’s being renovated for tourists/guests.
i really loved seeing these two perspectives on the house. one saw it as a prison, while the other a piece of history that needed saving.
from the get-go, my favourite perspective was that of brigid. there was so much going on that just captured my interest. frankie and the present day were interesting enough, but not as exciting as poor brigid.
as a whole, i absolutely loved this book. the layer of mystery had me on the edge of my seat, shouting guesses into the void (i was right the first time, i should’ve stopped guessing after that 😂).
the writing style was easy to read. (as a slow reader, i LOVED this). the plot and characters were easy to follow (sometimes large casts get confusing — but not this one!).
the ending was very intense. everything came together nicely, as the mystery was revealed. i thoroughly enjoyed this part as it was so satisfying.
all in all, i highly recommend this book. you may or may not have read the authors other books (the silk house is quite popular). either way, i do recommend this if you’re after a good mystery with a satisfying ending.