For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.
Out July 2018
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
The House on Foster Hill was extraordinary and I reviewed it too. See my review of that Wright book here. It earned a hearty four stars and if you love The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond, I highly recommend The House on Foster Hill too.
So moving forward… The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond is a hit! Lots of secrets and painful pasts, surrounded by mystery and tie-ins between the past and present. Fantastic character development draws you into the seamless story plot and you just fall in love with them and their plights. I absolutely love the dynamics of two time lines that merge together to fulfill a resolution to a century old mystery mirrored ironically in future events. Two very strong female roles, both with secrets that tie in to the town that they live in.
A home run for Jaime Jo Wright! Clean and precise writing, rigorous intrigue and fabulous setting and plot twists. You can’t go wrong with this one.
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