“Aux grands maux les grands remèdes.”
French Translation: To the great evils, great remedies.
When family secrets are unearthed, a woman’s past can become a dangerous place to hide…
After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us.
Ava is certain that it’s a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she’d been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church—and rescued—or so she’d been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story, so the questions of her abandonment were left unanswered. For Ava, now is the time to find the roots of her mother’s lies. It begins with the house itself—once the scene of a brutal double murder.
When Ava enlists the help of the two people closest to her, a police detective and her best friend, she fears that investigating her past could be a fatal mistake. Someone is following them there. And what’s been buried in Ava’s nightmares isn’t just a crime. It’s a holy conspiracy.
Man, where do I begin? “All the things that spring eternal can never be crushed.”
This is probably the best mystery I have read since I Am Watching You. You honestly don’t know who did it until the very last pages. Your guesses are never quite right. I LOVE ALL THE FRENCH. Y’all know how I love different languages in books so this was amazing, and French is such a beautiful language at that.
“Breakfast with Grand-Mère was always the same. Coffee, diluted with lots of cream and sugar, or thick hot chocolate, served in a huge bowl-like mug. There were teeny chips in the handle, and worn colors ringed the bowl. But it was mine, and Anais never let anyone else use it.”
This quote takes me back to my childhood for sure. I lost my nana 5 years ago this December, and we were really close so it reminded me of her. It’s nice to reminisce once in a while. It reminded me of all the long talks just hanging out with her, it was just us two watching the world, always peaceful.
There were only a handful of characters but the POV changes sometimes were confusing and it took a minute to realize whose side I was reading. Although there were only about 5-6 characters, it was difficult to figure out who did it. Ellen J. Green did was not taking it easy on the readers. I give her props for keeping you guessing until the very last second. I had to read the reveal over a few times for it to really sink in. And even after reading it a few times I was still like“What?” “No way.” “Not today SATAN.” It was almost confusing.
The ending was a bit frustrating. The suspense never let up, even after all was revealed there were still questions. And how the author wrapped things up was not what I was looking for. YOU CANNOT END A STANDALONE WITH THAT KIND OF CLIFFHANGER! Other than that, it was fantastic. I loved the characters and development, the world building was satisfying and I was overall pleased. Minus the ending. I for sure recommend this book because it’s fabulous. If you want something that will make your mind work, this is exactly what you’re looking for.
This brought me out of a slump and now I am PUMPED.
“Destiny calls us, bound by Loyalty.”
“Les secrets cashés du passé” (Translation: The hidden secrets of the past)