The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barrett is a poignant story of a love affair that should’ve never been. This is one of those books that are hard to put down once you start.
I knew I was hooked when I flipped to page 2. The story revolves around a 150 years old crime that no one’s been able to solve. There are lies and deceit, a failed love affair, and a wife who feels sorry for her husband’s mistress and decides to help her with what little she can.
There are so many twists and turns the reader doesn’t see coming, which makes this book a thousand times better because nothing is predictable in its storyline.
The way in which Ella, the author character in the book, tries to solve the mystery researching every clue she comes across, at the same time as Violet, Edwin, and Frances redact the events behind the clues Ella is researching, I thought was short of ingenious.
I enjoyed seeing how Ella puts her facts together, especially when they are wrong and the reader knows it. I found myself shouting “no, that’s wrong. Edwin did… or Violet went to… or You need to go look in the attic…LOOK IN THE ATTIC!”
Kerry Barrett is a new-to-me author, and trust me when I say I will be looking up her books. Fortunately, it seems she doesn’t have a long backlist I need to read, but only a few. I loved The Girl in the Picture, and I think any lovers of women’s fiction with a dash of suspense will absolutely love this too!