It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.
Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.
And, as tension builds, it’s apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.
Hi and welcome to my review of Six Wicked Reasons!
- It’s Jo freaking Spain!
- Family drama
- Little is what it seems
- Little twists and turns galore
- Locked room trope (kinda)
Well, there you have it: six (not so) wicked reasons why you should pick up Six Wicked Reasons!
Before I continue, let me wish Jo Spain a happy publication day and give a huge thanks to Quercus books for the eARC through NetGalley, and for adding me to the blog tour!
Jo Spain’s last novel Dirty Little Secrets was one of my favourite books of 2019 so naturally I had high hopes for Six Wicked Reasons. Sometimes high hopes set an author up for a fall, but not Jo Spain! I love her writing style and her intricately woven stories filled to the brim with secrets, hidden truths and wicked reveals and Six Wicked Reasons was no exception. If you’re a regular here, you’ll know that I can’t get enough of secrets, and the promise that a book will have secrets and pasts unravelling is enough to have me make grabby hands at it (somewhat ironic, as I truly detest secrets and secrecy in real life). I’m so happy I made grabby hands at Six Wicked Reasons, it followed through on all its promises!
At the centre of this story stands a family, an ordinary family at first sight but not quite so ordinary upon closer inspection. Ten years ago, Adam disappeared from the face of the earth. Now, he’s back. His siblings, who have all built up their lives far away from their childhood home, have been summoned back as well. None of them want to be there, and there’s a lot of tension to say the least. When the entire family is out at sea, one family member falls overboard and dies. A tragic accident? Or something much more malicious? It’s clear that there are tons of unresolved issues and plenty of reasons for wanting revenge, but was there someone wicked enough on board to actually go ahead and exact it?
The narrative takes us back and forth in time, allowing us to get to know the Lattimer family in the present, as well as to uncover their pasts, to join the investigation into the tragic events and to reveal what really happened.
Six Wicked Reasons deftly takes advantage of the locked room trope without actually being said trope: the number of possible and plausible scenarios is very limited, it’s either an accident, or it’s murder, and in the latter case, the number of suspects is very limited too. However, there are few scenes actually set on board, and as such the story takes a step back from the regular locked room mystery.
Six Wicked Reasons is a twisty thriller rife with family secrets and family drama that sucked me in from the very first page and that I’d happily recommend to any and all thriller lovers out there!