Gail Bolland’s original thriller begins with Thomas Mann’s observation in ‘The Magic Mountain’ that “A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own”, and weaves a riveting tale of murder, family passion and social manners.
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The Luceys were farmers to begin with. A family like any other: mother, father, one son, four daughters and various partners. They had land and money, but that wasn’t enough to guarantee happiness or keep the family together. And when old Joe Lucey dies suddenly, the family begins to fall apart.
An inheritance can easily lead to greed, jealousy and lust, especially with fraud and suspicion to help them along. One of Joe’s four daughters, Martha, believes there’s something wrong with the will, which leaves the farm to Joe’s youngest child, Gregory, his only son. Martha begins to investigate and soon gets the support of her sister, Alex, a superintendent in the local police force. Perhaps Joe was helped to die, and perhaps Gregory’s comfortable life and his perfect marriage have been built on quicksand.
As things disintegrate, the family needs to pull together. But one suspicious death is bound to lead to another, and the truth cannot stay submerged for long.