Head of Zeus are delighted to be offering 10 paperbacks of The Gone and the Forgotten by Clare Whitfield to 3 reading groups.
Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel from the author of People of Abandoned Character.
An absent father. A missing girl. Buried family secrets. Is the truth worth searching for?
Sixteen-year-old Prue has grown up around secrets. Her gran’s stern silence, her mother’s teary breakdowns, her aunt’s whispered assurances. But now, in the aftermath of her mum’s latest ‘episode’, Prue’s decided she’s old enough for the truth. She wants to know what it is that makes the adults around her turn tight-lipped and distracted. She wants to know why her mum can’t cope. Most of all, she wants to know who her dad is.
Forced to spend the summer in the Shetlands with her aunt, Ruth, and new uncle, Archie, Prue arrives determined to find some answers. But she soon finds herself caught up in a web of family secrets, betrayals and – perhaps – even murder…
Set during one long summer in Shetland, this is a beautifully drawn, psychologically astute novel about a young woman’s search for truth, even as she realises the lies that surround her have been keeping her safe.
If you would like a chance to read The Gone and the Forgotten for your reading group, in exchange for providing a review on retailer sites such as Amazon UK and Waterstones, please email using the contact details below.