Still grieving the death of her prematurely delivered
infant, Lila finds a welcome distraction in renovating a
country house she's recently inherited. Surrounded by
blueprints and plaster dust, though, she finds herself drawn
into the story of a group of idealistic university grads
from thirty years before, who'd thrown off the shackles of
bourgeois city life to claim the cottage and rely only on
each other on the land.
But utopia-building can be fraught with unexpected peril,
and when the fate of the group is left eerily unclear, Lila
turns her attention to untangling a web of secrets to
uncover the shocking truth of what happened that fateful
year, in order to come to terms with her own loss and build
a new future for herself.
Suspenseful and moving, with a deep secret at its heart, THE
SHADOW YEAR is Hannah Richell's breakout book.