A fab debut, interesting story and great twist!


“Let the dead stay dead.

Clara Marsh is an undertaker. She spends her solitary life among the dead and bids them farewell with a bouquet from her own garden. But Clara’s carefully structured life shifts when she discovers a neglected little girl, Trecie, playing in the funeral parlour, desperate for a friend.

It changes even more when Detective Mike Sullivan starts questioning her again about a body she prepared three years ago, an unidentified girl found murdered in a nearby strip of woods. Unclaimed by family, the community christened her Precious Doe. When Clara and Mike learn that Trecie may be involved with the same people who killed Precious Doe, Clara must choose between her solitary but steadfast existence and the perils of binding one’s life to another.

Clara’s search for the girl pulls her into a spiralling series of events that threaten to endanger the few people Clara has grown to love – and finally brings her own tragic and long-buried past to the surface.”


It took me a little while to get into the book as I didn’t really warm to Clara, or any of the characters particularly but once I got into it, it picked up.

The story follows Clara who is an Undertaker and loner.  One day whilst working she meets a little girl, Trecie, who likes to play in the funeral home.  She realises over a few meetings that Trecie is neglected and feels some resemblance to her.  She has to decide whether to stay away from her or whether she should help her…..

Whilst picking up a body she discovers something disturbing and realises that Trecie may be involved.  Working alongside Mike Sullivan she tries to investigate what’s going on……..

One thing I did find with this book is that I felt sad quite a lot as the back stories of the characters are all pretty unfortunate.  There are also some elements that may upset sensitive readers.

However, there are some really good twists in the book, especially at the end!! There are also a few unanswered questions which can be frustrating although I think it is down to the reader to make a decision for themselves…..I can’t say much more without giving anything away!!  Let’s just say after finishing the book (which I read in a day!) I had to take some time to think about what I’d found out……

On another note, I found out some very interesting stuff about funerary practices in here!!

I would recommend this book and if like me, you struggle to get into it, persevere as it will be worth it!



I’d like to thank NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

If you read this, I would be REALLY interested to know what your thoughts are once you’ve finished it!  Drop me a message on Instagram or Twitter 🙂

Chelle x

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