The Friday 56: Under The Harrow

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Every Friday you share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Here’s how it works:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry.

Every year for Christmas my husband goes through the top books of the year and picks a few to buy for me. This is one of them.


The body of the missing woman I heard about on the day of Rachel’s death was found this morning in the River Humber. Nicole Shepherd. Divers were in the river examining the posts of the bridge at Hessle, which is overdue for repairs, and they found her body in a sleeping bad weighted with breeze blocks.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.

Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.

A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

I just read this book while we were on vacation, and I really enjoyed it. It was a page turner; I wanted to find out what happened, and never felt like it was being dragged out, as some suspense novels can feel. And, when I thought I had it figured out, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. I always feel a little let down when I can figure out the ending too easily.

I could see some people disliking the narrator’s voice, but I think she sounded real– a little neurotic, maybe, but understandably so.


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