What a brilliant story – a spooky village mystery, vivid setting and cast of characters that felt so real I didn’t want to let them go. Atmospheric, suspenseful and heartfelt – this book had it all and I could not put it down!
When Jimmy is evacuated to a small village in Wales, it couldn’t be more different from London. Green, quiet and full of strangers, he instantly feels out of place. But then he finds a skull hidden in a tree, and suddenly the valley is more frightening than the war.
Who can Jimmy trust? His brother is too little; his best friend has changed. Finding an ally in someone he never expects, they set out together to uncover the secrets that lie with the skull. What they discover will change Jimmy – and the village – forever.
The historical setting and Welsh landscape were beautifully created, and I loved the integration of the mining community. It was this blend of landscape and character that really inspired me. I found myself eagerly following the personal journey’s of each of the characters, not just Jimmy’s. All the characters encounter the pain of loss, and feelings of hate, loneliness and misunderstanding. Although Florence and Mr Thomas stood out for me in particular.
The story is an emotional one (yes I did cry!) but the overriding message was one of bravery, love and acceptance.
Finally I’d just like to say congratulations to Lesley Parr, The Valley of Lost Secrets is Waterstones Book of the Month for January 2021 and one I cannot recommend enough 🙂
Meg Readz xx