Published October 2014
A stunning new thriller from the bestselling author of Safe House.
When Claire Cooper was eight years old her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween. At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she’s befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Hop-tu-naa by performing dares.
But Claire’s arrival begins to alter the group’s dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wrong, changing all their futures and tearing the friends apart.Six years later, one of the friends is killed on Hop-tu-naa in an apparent accident. But Claire, now a police officer, has her doubts. Is a single footprint found near the body a deliberate taunt?
As another Hop-tu-naa dawns, bringing with it another death and another footprint, Claire becomes convinced that somebody is seeking vengeance. But who? And which of the friends might be next? If she’s to stop a killer and unlock the dark secrets of her past, Claire must confront her deepest fears, before it’s too late.
The author of the bestselling SAFE HOUSE returns to the Isle of Man with a thriller that will keep you up all night.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy.
This is the first time I’ve read any Chris Ewan and I found it rather fun . There was much to enjoy and relish in this dark Halloween read. A group of teenagers, who annually dare each other to do crazy things, that one time goes very wrong. This sets up a chain of events leading to Claire Cooper searching a derelict cottage on the 31st October 2014. She is there to meet a murderer.
This is essentially a revenge novel, with people being killed off one by one. There is a group of suspects from the teenagers and a sense of anticipation building throughout the novel. There is also the added mystery of what happened to Claire’s mum, who vanished years ago.
Most of the action takes place around or on the ‘Hop-tu-naa’ celebration, a sort of Manx Halloween tradition involving an eerie song and general spooky goings on.
It reminded me of the movie ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’.
Overall it was an exciting Halloween read and I enjoyed the wait for the final confrontation between the killer and Claire.