Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review - The Hidden Legacy by G. J. Minett

Published - November 2015


Ellen has received a life-changing inheritance. If only she knew who had left it to her . . . 

1966. A horrifying crime at a secondary school, with devastating consequences for all involved.

2008. A life-changing gift, if only the recipient can work out why . . .

Recently divorced and with two young children, Ellen Sutherland is up to her elbows in professional and personal stress. When she's invited to travel all the way to Cheltenham to hear the content of an old woman's will, she's far from convinced the journey will be worthwhile.

But when she arrives, the news is astounding. Eudora Nash has left Ellen a beautiful cottage worth an amount of money that could turn her life around. There's just one problem - Ellen has never even heard of Eudora Nash. 

Her curiosity piqued, Ellen and her friend Kate travel to the West Country in search of answers. But they are not the only ones interested in the cottage, and Ellen little imagines how much she has to learn about her past . . .

My Review - 4

This book has the feel of a classic, something quiet and remarkable about it.  I am impressed it is G. J. Minett's debut.  The opening is one of the best I have read, shocking incident that lays the foundation for the book.  

Ellen is the main character and a strong willed one, I respected and really enjoyed.  She is told a beautiful cottage has been given to her from the will of a lady she has never heard of.  Ellen begins the journey of trying to find out why while we read and slowly discover the hidden legacy right to the end.  

Ellen's mom has Alzheimer disease and is unable to answer Ellen's questions.  She goes into the unknown with her best friend Kate which made the journey more believable. 

The story was told by different time periods and multiple characters, mostly from the current 2008, 1974, 1966 when the intro incident occurred etc, I found this at times to be a little puzzling but it did still move the story along. I enjoyed all of the characters, even disliking the reporter, but he was still a great character.  The intricate details of a will and the secrets numerous characters wanted to understand and be revealed was the essence of this beautiful mystery.

But it's the lack of detail that's the problem.  He's at that stage in life where he doesn't want mysteries any more - what he wants is answers.  Kindle 66% 

I prefer more seating on the edge of my seat thrillers, but this mystery you had to take your time and cherish the moments. If you enjoy historical novels and mysteries, I highly recommend this one to you.

I read the review of The Hidden Legacy over at Cleopatra Loves Books blog and had to download it. It was one of her top ten books in 2015 and a 5 star read, check out her review. 


  1. I have this one and remember reading about it on Cleo's blog as well. It sounds perfect for me. Am wanting to take a bit of a break from the 'populated with unpleasant characters that you don't like' thrillers I've been reading. Love books about secrets and I also love ones that delve back in time. I'm sure I'll enjoy this one. Now to find if it's a print copy I own or an e-book. LOL

  2. The life-changing inheritance makes for a good plot line if done right. Secrets are so much fun! At least the kind you find in fiction. I am glad you liked this one. I tend to prefer faster paced thrillers/mysteries too, but occasionally a slow one hits the spot.

  3. Thanks for the review. I was dying to get my hands on this one but now that I know it's a slower read I can go into in the right mood.

  4. Love the historical setting and the alternating timeline. Not sure about the slow pace but I suppose I'll read it when the mood calls for it. ;)

  5. Like the setting and the two different timelines.

  6. I this sounds really great and right up my alley. The different timelines does sound great.

  7. A great review of one of my favourite debuts - I'm so glad you enjoyed the style of this one. Thank you for my mention too :-)

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