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No Stone Tells Where I Lie by Madeline Kalvis
Mysterious forgotten island. People with secrets. An eeriness that pulls you in and confines you until the very last word. That is how I would describe No Stone Tells Where I Lie.
I think the setting of the story is built up incredibly and I had a sense of watching an horror movie unfold on the pages of the book. A feeling that everything can go wrong just about any time. Nobody is ever safe, but nobody knows what lurks in the shadows, or seems to remember. Or even cares!
The whole story is set in a dark, perplexing, almost depressing, certainly gloomy environment, a small island on South Alderney. Everybody knows everybody and all the inhabitants seem to have secrets. When the lead constable has attempted suicide, Emma is sent to fill in the position. Or so we are to believe.
What is real? What is only in our head? What motivates people to act? Why does she keep on running and what is she running form?
Emma is a driven woman who is going through a lot of hardships. Her husband David’s medical condition on top of the police job can take its toll on just about anyone, but she needs to power through. Her need to keep on going is her main motivator. She is real, flawed and ideal for the position she’s put into. I loved her interactions with David the most. It was precious!
No Stone Tells Where I Lie is an amazing read full of unanswered questions that you’ll keep thinking about days after finishing. It is certainly a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a dark mystery with splashes of easy humor.