This book is set in the early days of America, the story revolving around young women going missing in the depths of winter. The first girl, Hortense, is the daughter of the local midwife who fails to return after going out to attend a birth. The book evokes the life of that time, where distances between homes can be far, wolves roam and will attack lone travellers, and medical assistance is rudimentary.
Will Rees joins the party to find her, and discovers her in the woods without shoes or cloak. The local Shaker community are drawn into events, as more young women are either killed or attempts are made to abduct them. The story revolves around the fate of women at this time and some mistaken identities. Will makes an endearing hero, although he and Lydia clearly have some back stories that are only partly explained.
The tale is told well, and the scene in Maine in the eighteenth century is well described. Overall an entertaining and gripping read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishers for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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