Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Review: Second Sight by Aoife Clifford

Second Sight is a chilling, page-turning read set against the backdrop of a small town. Eliza Carmondy, a lawyer with a top city firm has returned to her former hometown to gather evidence for what could be the most important case of her career. She has barely made it into town when she witnesses a horrific--and brutal--crime. The crime brings back memories of the New Years Eve when her best friend Grace ran away from home. Older and wiser, Eliza begins putting the pieces together about what might have really happened to her best friend, and why her father and older sister suddenly sent her away and have barely welcomed her home since. But as Eliza gathers more and more evidence, it becomes clear that there may be something even more sinister afoot, and that more than one person may want her out of the way ...

This one had me utterly gripped from start to finish. In many ways, Second Sight reminded me of two of my favourite books of the genre set in rural Australia, The Dry by Jane Harper and Mallawindy by Joy Dettman. The author weaves seamlessly between the present and the past, using each chapter from the past to tell the story from the perspective of a different character. I really appreciated the backstory of just how hard it is to be a female lawyer in a corporate world that still reeks of sexism.  

Second Sight is the second novel by Australian author Aoife Clifford and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I enjoyed her first, All These Perfect Strangers. 

Highly recommended.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of Second Sight.

This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2018