The Girl in the White Dress - Paul Barrell

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"Every Family has secrets...."


The Girl in the White Dress is quite simply unforgettable and unputdownable.

It is based on true story .

Every Family has secrets.

Imagine discovering you were guilty of something you can't remember.

1974 A family from London take a trip of a lifetime to the Caribbean aboard the cruise liner Oriana.

2005 The Peak District. Following the death of his wife , Paul finds a menu card from the Oriana covered in personal messages from the ghosts of his childhood.

One particular address catches his eye , and memories are stirred as he begins to dream about a girl in a white dress.Gradually with his mothers help he starts to unravel the identity of a long forgotten childhood sweetheart, and the disturbing truth about an incident that took place in their cabin.

Something that would implicate his whole family, a Pandoras box of lies and deceit.Paul never saw the girl again after the cruise .

Their shared guilt had remained hidden for 30 years.

That was until today...

It is a remarkable true story about loss and grief, and one persons quest for the truth. Sometimes in life things happen to us that are beyond our control; you don't need to believe in ghosts or the supernatural, just believe in the Universe and the threads of random chance that link us all together.

My Review

Honoured today to be closing out the #BlogTour for this Wonderful read.

When this book arrived I just could not wait to get stuck in from the blurb to the cover design this book seemed to have a chilling air about it and I was not left disapointed.

When moving house Paul finds an old menu from a cruise ship, The find sparks intrige as this is childhood holiday taken when Paul was around 13 and yet he remembers very little from the trip or that time like he has blanked it out?

But as the memories of this ship start to trouble Paul's sleep and the chilling nightmares of water and a women start stiring the memories further, he becomes obessed with finding out what the dreams mean.

Can one little momento really lead to so many lies and so much trouble?

This book had me hooked from the suspenceful story to the pace filled writing and the swiches of the timelines you are on a constant hunt for the truth with each answer only leading to more questions.

I felt like we really took the journey with Paul, the beautiful writing was intence almost tension filled and the expresive feelings of guilt Paul fells were so ell done, I really felt all the emotions when reading and it meant I was compelled to see where the story went.

I cannot say much more a spolier free blog but this was a compelling read on many fronts not only the writing but having the story based around some true events made it quite captivating.

This is a beautiful chilling and haunting read, perfect for fans of crime and mysteries alike.

Author Bio

Paul Barrell is a keen sportsman, and has skied all over the world.

He is a serial entrepreneur and has owned restaurants, wine companies and is passionate about food and wine.

He came to writing later than most, and writes about real events and people that have shaped his life. His first book Postcards from Pimlico is currently being turned into a screenplay for TV.

He now lives in the Surrey Hills with his wife and rescue dog Lottie.

Keep in touch with Paul:

Twitter @Paulbarrellauthor

Instagram @Paulbarrellbooks

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Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.

All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.

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