Truth And Lies
United by a house, the action alternates chapters between 1947 and present day. The house is an old house seen by some as a prison, by others as a sanctuary. It holds its secrets that unfold.
The novel explores character traits as action in both time periods mirrors each other. There will always be people motivated by control, money, power, position and jealousy. They contrast with those who know the real riches in life are people and relationships.
The novel explores the theme of what is real? What is imagined? Where does the truth lie? Characters, skilled in the art of manipulation twist the truth – or do they? The dead cannot speak, therefore will we ever know the real truth?
An air of menace permeates the whole novel. The reader races towards the conclusion with pounding heart.
Both time frames have the theme of loss. The horrors of World War II were not too far behind 1947. “There are… horrors – that I’ll never unsee.” Present day shows the fragility of life. How it can be snuffed out in a moment.
Family is important. Depending on your motivation, a mother’s love may be an unbreakable bond or a loose thread.
There are the uncomfortable themes of rape and manipulation. Seemingly strong characters have had much to overcome.
Her Frozen Heart definitely messes with the reader’s mind as we desperately try to separate the truth from the lies.
A marvellous and compelling read.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.