The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde
gothic, historical romance
In the heatwave of 1959, four sisters arrive at Applecote Manor to relive their memories of hazy Cotswolds summers. They find their uncle and aunt still reeling from the disappearance of their only daughter, five years before. An undercurrent of dread runs through the house. Why did Audrey vanish? Who is keeping her fate secret? As the sisters are lured into the mystery of their missing cousin, the stifling summer takes a shocking, deadly turn. One which will leave blood on their hands, and put another girl in danger decades later . . .
A sad story of a family loss. and the on-going impact of just what happened five years before, and how the parents of Audrey coped.
I am not always a fan of literature set in the 1950s as it is some ways not far enough away to count as historical, but not near enough to be contemporary, yet this novel was so well written that it got over that reluctance. It described the Cotswolds well – I have visited often and so am familiar with it, and even contemplated living in one of its villages, but far too expensive now!
I enjoyed the story and thought the style good. I am not sure though that I would read another novel set in this period.