Cover image for Go to my grave / Catriona McPherson.
Title:
Go to my grave / Catriona McPherson.
ISBN:
9781250070005
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
297 pages ; 22 cm
Abstract:
"From Catriona McPherson, the Agatha-Award winning author of Quiet Neighbors, comes a clever, spine-tingling standalone Gothic thriller. Donna Weaver has put everything she has into restoring The Breakers, an old bed and breakfast on a remote stretch of beach in Galloway. Now it sits waiting--freshly painted, richly furnished, filled with flowers--for the first guests to arrive. But Donna's guests, a contentious group of estranged cousins, soon realize that they've been here before, years ago. Decades have passed, but that night still haunts them: a sixteenth birthday party that started with peach schnapps and ended with a girl walking into the sea. Each of them had made a vow of silence: "lock it in a box, stitch my lips, and go to my grave." But now someone has broken the pact. Amid the home-baked scones and lavish rooms, someone is playing games, locking boxes, stitching lips. And before the weekend is over, at least one of them will go to their grave."--provided by publisher.
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Summary

From Catriona McPherson, the Agatha-Award winning author of Quiet Neighbors , comes a clever, spine-tingling standalone Gothic thriller.

" Go to My Grave is both a classic 'country house mystery' and a thriller. Atmospheric, with mind-bending twists, a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and an ending that will take your breath away and leave you astonished." --Louise Penny

Donna Weaver has put everything she has into restoring The Breakers, an old bed and breakfast on a remote stretch of beach in Galloway. Now it sits waiting--freshly painted, richly furnished, filled with flowers--for the first guests to arrive.

But Donna's guests, a contentious group of estranged cousins, soon realize that they've been here before, years ago. Decades have passed, but that night still haunts them: a sixteenth birthday party that started with peach schnapps and ended with a girl walking into the sea.

Each of them had made a vow of silence: "lock it in a box, stitch my lips, and go to my grave."

But now someone has broken the pact. Amid the home-baked scones and lavish rooms, someone is playing games, locking boxes, stitching lips. And before the weekend is over, at least one of them will go to their grave.


Author Notes

CATRIONA MCPHERSON was born in Scotland in 1965 and lived there until immigrating to the US in 2010. Her Dandy Gilver historical mysteries have won numerous awards, including two Agathas, and her contemporary novels have won two Anthony awards and been Edgar and Mary Higgins Clark finalists. Catriona is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and a former national president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Davis, California, where she writes full-time.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Donna Weaver, the narrator of this eerie standalone from Agatha-winner McPherson (Scot Free), and her mother have spent a lot of money to turn the Breakers, a beautiful old seaside house in Galloway, Scotland, into a fancy bed and breakfast. The business is off to a promising start when eight cousins, who are all old friends, book the property for a reunion and a 10th wedding anniversary celebration. When the group arrives, they realize that they've all been here before, 25 years earlier, at a 16th birthday party for the person who instigated the reunion, Sasha Mowbray. But it seems that the choice of the Breakers was no coincidence. When strange and awful things begin to happen, the cousins are convinced that it's all because of something that happened at that birthday party, something that they had all promised never to talk about. Lovers of classic manor house mysteries are in for a treat. Agent: Lisa Moylett, CMM Literary Agency (U.K.). (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

A snarky pack of cousins and their spouses have booked classy B&B Breakers on the British coast for an anniversary celebration. Owner Donna Walker has put her heart and soul into renovating the old house and making it deserving of top marks on TripAdvisor. From the moment the group arrives, they begin sniping at one another, drinking too much, and reminiscing with a very dark edge. Turns out they've been here before, as children, and they've made a pact never to discuss what happened. Then some ugly pranks occur, and the group starts to unravel. Donna's at a loss to keep everyone in check and her beloved B&B intact. -VERDICT Agatha Award-winning -McPherson's deliciously gothic country house mystery with a contemporary twist is devious and suspenseful and keeps readers guessing to the shocking end. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]-Susan Clifford Braun, -Bainbridge Island, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.