Wednesday, July 20, 2016

JUNE by Miranda Beverly-Whitemore


From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 
 
Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.


OPINION:

I very much enjoyed this novel. It is written by different voices set in 1955 and 2005. I would describe this novel as a gothic mystery as it is set in an old mansion in Ohio. At the heart of the story is a young woman named Cassie who inherits from her estranged father, actor Jack Montgomery. And this brings frustration from the other siblings. What unfolds are secrets of betrayal and blackmail, even murder. Each sibling comes across with their own strong personality. The story ends in a wholly satisfying way. A lovely gothic suspense story! 

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