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A spellbinding tale of grief, jealousy and betrayal, from the author of the Richard & Judy Book Club selected SECRETS OF THE TIDES.

1980. On a hot summer’s day five friends stumble upon an abandoned cottage hidden deep in the English countryside. Isolated and run-down, it offers a retreat, somewhere they can escape from the world. But as the seasons change, tensions begin to rise…

Three decades later, Lila arrives at the remote cottage. Bruised from a tragic accident and with her marriage in crisis, she finds renovating the tumbledown house gives her a renewed sense of purpose. But why did the cottage’s previous inhabitants leave their belongings behind? And why can’t she shake the feeling that someone is watching her?

Reviews

THE SHADOW YEAR is an engrossing and clever tale about loyalties among friends and between parents and children. A group of friends sets out to have a gap year together in a remote cottage, meanwhile discovering connections and betrayals that will extend even into the next generation.
Anita Shreve
Hannah Richell is undoubtedly skilled at creating characters that are so believable your heart aches for them.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Powerful and emotive
WOMAN & HOME