A Forgotten Place
Back in England but remaining in service after the Armistice, battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for the severely injured--amputees, gas cases, and burns. Among these patients are Welsh soldiers who will return home to their valley utterly changed. Though she does her best to raise their spirits, Bess knows the future will be difficult for them and their families when they are finally released. A few weeks after they return home, Captain Hugh Williams writes to describe their despair and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but when her reply comes back marked "return to sender", she decides to act. Bess quietly travels to that bleak coal-mining village in Wales. But Captain Williams' sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Fearing he intends to kill himself, she follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula--a harsh and forgotten place where sinister secrets and death seem to go hand-in-hand. Deserted by her frightened driver in the middle of the night, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she's learned too much to be allowed to leave. What's more, no one in England--not the matron at the clinic, not her parents, not even her friend Simon Brandon--knows where she is. Why is there no Constable here? Why were two bodies mysteriously washed ashore buried in unmarked graves without an inquiry or even a prayer? And who is the mysterious neighbor who just arrived by motorcar, yet refuses to aid Bess? Captain Williams and his brother's widow Rachel are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon, searching for Bess and unaware of the danger ahead.
New York : William Morrow, 2018
354 p. ; 24 cm