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ARC Review: The Hidden Legacy by Graham Minett

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Flora Reviews… The Hidden Legacy by Graham Minett. My thanks to the publisher, Twenty7 Books (via Netgalley) for the eBook.

What’s The Hidden Legacy about?

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ARC Review: The Hidden Legacy by Graham MinettMy Rating:
Title: The Hidden Legacy by G.J. Minett
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Twenty7 on 25 August, 2016
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 448
Narrator: Jessica Carroll
Length: 11 hours 45 minutes

A life-changing gift with a shadowy origin – a dark and suspenseful debut novel.

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.…


Source: ARC
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Read: 11th– 17th October 2015

Publication date: 5th November 2015

This is Mr Minett’s debut novel. A crime/thriller/mystery tale of about 436 pages. Although our main character is Ellen Sutherland, it’s also written from the perspective of various other characters throughout this engaging story. 

What did I like about The Hidden Legacy?

I was very impressed with Mr Minett’s writing style. Loving his use of language, the way he built the plot and added clever twists and turns to his tale. I liked the way this story was told. Revealing different aspects of the tale using the viewpoint of his ongoing characters while transporting us to 3 important time frames to expose pertinent situations as they happen.  

Don’t worry, I think I’m making it sound more complicated than it is. 😉 

Mr Minett subtitles each section so that we know who we’re reading about and which time period we’re in. It all flows beautifully allowing the plot to deepen and our connections with, and understanding of, the characters to grow. 

I was definitely gripped.

Reflecting on my moods while reading The Hidden Legacy; I’ve giggled, I’ve cried and I’ve been entertained with a well-written mystery. Having been on an amazing journey that’s also left me asking my own questions about how I choose to treat the people around me. I’m the sort of person who sees the glass as being half full rather than half empty. Therefore, my interpretation of the ending may differ from yours. This is not a definite “happy ever after” ending. However, it did leave me with a smile on my face. I liked it.

Was there anything I didn’t like?

I must confess that when I read in the blurb that part of this story was about a child who’d killed another child, I was reluctant to start reading. It’s not a theme I feel comfortable with. However, this part of the story was very well written. It left me questioning how we view these tragic instances and the people involved. How the media almost certainly play their part in these events. Plus, how the ripples of that one moment in time, can still be felt throughout the decades.

Basically, what I’m saying is…

I loved this amazing mystery novel.

What twists & turns! What raw emotions! I enjoyed every part of this journey! It sort of reminded me of a few of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mysteries. The Hidden Legacy had a wealth of well-written characters and a plot that exposes the human complexities of life. I was kept reading right to the last page.

If you’re a fan of mystery stories I’d definitely recommend buying The Hidden Legacy!

Before you pop off and buy a copy, keep reading to find out more about this talented new author.

About G.J. Minett

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Graham Minett was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and lived there for 18 years before studying for a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages at Churchill College, Cambridge.

He taught for several years, first in Cheltenham and then in West Sussex before opting to go part-time and start an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Completing the course in 2008, he gained a distinction for the dissertation under the guidance of novelist, Alison MacLeod and almost immediately won the Segora Short Story Competition with ‘On the Way Out’.

Other awards soon followed, most notably his success in the 2010 Chapter One novel competition with what would eventually become the opening pages of his debut novel, The Hidden Legacy.  This was followed by Lie In Wait and Anything For Her, all three novels published by Bonnier Zaffre as eBooks, paperbacks and audio books.

Graham lives in West Sussex and now writes full-time. He is currently preparing for the publication on July 9th of his fourth novel, The Syndicate, and is in the initial planning stages for book five.

Graham loves to meet the people who have enjoyed his novels and is happy to visit book clubs or other groups to talk about the books or his journey to becoming a published author.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts about this intriguing debut novel.

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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