Book Review: The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster
It's the last week of Term 2 here, and I'm looking forward to the school holidays, especially as the weather is getting much colder now!
I've been busy reading some great books, including The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster.
Have you heard of it, and/or read it yet? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. For those who haven't, you can read my review below to see if it's a book that you think that you'd enjoy..
Eleanor Brennan is 21 years-old, and living in London with her uncle and aunt after wanting a new start from her haunting childhood in outback Australia.
She lands a job at a children's publishing company, Parker & Lane, where her aunt is the CEO.
She has only been there for 3 weeks when she finds out that the director of the company, Arabella Lane, has been found dead in the Thames river, just hours after the company's annual Christmas party.
It isn't known whether Arabella jumped, or if she was pushed.
Eleanor remembers chatting with Arabella at the party, but after having her drink spiked, she can't recall much else. She begins to panic as she knows that she was one of the last people to see Arabella alive. She doesn't know whether she had anything to do with Arabella's death, and she struggles to convince herself of her innocence. It doesn't help when the Art Director, Will Clayton, claims that he saw the two women together at the party, or when Arabella's ring is found in Eleanor's handbag. She is unsure how it got there.. did she put it there herself, or has she been set up?
Eleanor is questioned as a witness but she finds it difficult to fill in the missing hours of that night.
Throughout the story, the pieces of the puzzle are slowly put together. There are many suspects, many secrets, and a lot of mystery involved which kept me highly intrigued.
The other storyline that runs throughout the book is the journey of Eleanor's childhood, and the reason why she wanted to make the change to a new country. I really enjoyed this element of the story, perhaps even more so than the mystery surrounding Arabella's death.
I must say that the ending fell a little flat for me. I was hoping for a bit more but it just felt a little bit disjointed.
But don't be put off - if you are after a good mystery, then The Hidden Hours certainly fits the bill!
Disclosure: I was given an ARC of The Hidden Hours through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. I was not paid for this review.