The Murderess by Jennifer Wells
Published: 1st November 2017
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
The Murderess is a heart-stopping story of family, love, passion and betrayal set against the backdrop of war-ravaged Britain. Perfect for fans of Lesley Pearce and Dilly Court.
1931: Fifteen year old Kate witnesses her mother Millicent push a stranger from a station platform into the path of an oncoming train. There was no warning, seemingly no reason, and absolutely no remorse.
1940: Exactly nine years later, Kate returns to the station and notices a tramp laying flowers on the exact spot that the murder was committed; the identity of the victim, still remains unknown.
With a country torn apart by war and her family estate and name in tatters, Kate has nothing to lose as she attempts to uncover family secrets that date back to the Great War and solve a mystery that blights her family name.
The Murderess is a story which starts in a gruesome way, its 1931 and fifteen year old Kate is waiting to board the train when she her mother push an innocent woman into an oncoming train. Nine years later and her mother may be granted parole, still unsure how she feels about exactly what happened that day Kate sets out to find out exactly what happened that day at the station.
This novel is written with a duel narrative spanning over twenty-five years, we hear from Kate in the present day 1940 trying to solve the mysterious events of that fateful day and also from Millicent, Kate’s mother in 1916 when she longing is to provide her husband with an heir. I loved how this worked as it gave an insight into both main female characters.
As the story unfolds so many betrayals are uncovered that it’s hard to know which character to sympathize with Millicent, Kate or even poor servant Rosalie as all experience betrayal from the person they love the most. I think its Kate who deserves the most empathy though as she has to live with the consequences of all the other characters and the one who has to deal with all the gossip as people learn she’s the murderess’ daughter.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I did work out what the mystery was before it was all revealed to Kate but I still wasn’t prepared for that ending. I found this a well written book which kept my interest until the end and look forward to reading more from Ms. Wells in the future.
Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for sending me a copy to review and inviting me to be part of this blog tour.