The Hidden Legacy – G. J. Minett


Published on 25th August 2016 as a paperback by twenty7/Bonnier and available now as an ebook here


Ellen has received a life-changing inheritance. If only she knew who had left it to her . . .

1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.

2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .

Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she’s invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman’s will, she’s far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.

But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There’s just one problem – Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash.

Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .

My thoughts

Book ALERT time! The Hidden Legacy is one to watch out for, when it hits the shops!

If you are a fan of beautifully written and thought provoking mysteries, look no further.The Hidden Legacy is a rather slow burning and gripping drama, with long kept secrets at its heart. It is the debut novel by G. J. Minett.

It all starts with a schoolboy committing murder in 1966. He becomes infamous, one of those big cases we all grow up knowing all about. Whatever happened to twelve year old John Michael Adams? Ellen Sutherland in 2008 is left a legacy, by an elderly woman she has never heard of. Who is this generous Eudora Nash? And why would she leave a complete stranger a cottage? Secrets start to unravel as Ellen looks for answers. How is Ellen connected to the infamous killer Adams?

It is hard to know where to start with this. It charmed me, it thrilled me and it almost moved me to tears. It is a book that needs bringing to the attention of a wider audience. It is intelligent, unusual and complex. We don’t just get the search for answers about the legacy. Ellen is on a journey of self discovery, working out who she is and deliberating with the answers. The reader is forced to judge from the outset, when we see the actions of a young killer and then to make sense, with Ellen of the answers.

We see how society punishes child killers. They are never allowed to move on. There is always someone out there prepared to hunt down and offer their own rough justice, to the likes of John Michael Adams. We hear from Ellen, as well as hearing from the mysterious Eudora and John Michael Adams. These three narrators shape our understanding of the secrets and lies. The moral of this story is that it is impossible to bury secrets, no matter how hard you try.

Really really excellent. The sort of crime book that leaves its mark. Recommended!





About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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One Response to The Hidden Legacy – G. J. Minett

  1. I hope it’s not considered inappropriate for an author to leave a comment on a review of his own book, but this is such a thoughtful and encouraging review that I felt the need to say something. Thank you so much for the time and trouble you’ve taken, not only to read The Hidden Legacy but also to give thought to the story that underpins it. Very grateful – do let me know if you ever want a blog post or can think of some way to repay your generosity. Thank you. G J Minett (Graham)

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