I am super excited to be on the blog tour today for Louise Douglas’s The Scarlet Dress. Louise is a fantastic author, one of those that I’m desperate to read as soon as I see another book from her.
About the book
Alice Lang was wearing her favourite scarlet dress when she disappeared twenty-five years ago, and her memory still casts a long shadow.
‘The past was like water. Once the tide turned, you couldn’t hold it back.’
In the long, hot summer of 1995, twenty-two-year-old Alice Lang rents a caravan on a holiday park on the outskirts of the lively holiday resort of Severn Sands. She befriends Marnie, a shy, damaged little girl whose father is the park’s caretaker and whose mother died a few months earlier. Will, whose mother runs the bar, falls in love with Alice, and is unbearably jealous of anyone else she sees. Tensions rise until one evening Alice disappears from her caravan. She’s never seen again, and only her scarlet dress is found washed up on the shore.
A quarter of a century later, the town is run down and nobody comes there anymore. Mr and Mrs deVillars, former owners of the holiday park, have passed the failing business onto their son Guy, who promptly sells the land for development. Builders clearing the land to create an expanse of executive homes uncover human bones. It has to be Alice.
Will and Marnie’s lives were entirely shaped by what happened that summer, and now Alice has been found, they must struggle to pin down their memories, to escape the secrets of the past, the lies they told and the unbearable guilt they’re both carrying.
They need to find out what happened to Alice. Who killed her? And why?
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What did I think?
I’ve been a huge fan of Louise Douglas, since I first discovered her writing and adore her work. She just gets better and better with each book.
As always, Louise does a fabulous job of creating mysterious characters and plots. I found it particularly brilliant that the main character was one who wasn’t alive and she was portrayed brilliantly, making the reader wonder about her life and slowly unravel the mysteries as the story developed.
The characters and plot, were very cleverly written, and the location was particularly atmospheric and I really could imagine the setting of a run down holiday town, and a community affected by a tragedy years ago, with some never recovering.
As always with Louise’s books, you are compelled to turn those pages asking yourself many questions and tying yourself up in knots, trying to work out characters that you trusted one minute, then suspected the next.
The final part of the book had me holding my breath as the conclusion came to light. And I had no idea. I’ve said before I’d make a rubbish detective.
This was a brilliantly written, gripping, clever, compelling story, that I struggled to put down. The vivid descriptions, the evocative plot and the intrigue that Louise created, made it a highly enjoyable, absolute treasure of a read. I ran through the whole book in my head as if I was watching a film or TV series.
A highly recommended read with all the feels and all the stars from me!
Author Bio –
Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author of novels including The House By The Sea and Missing You – a RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country.
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