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Set in the richly evoked pathways and environs of Cambridge, England, The Whole World unearths the desperate secrets kept by its many complex characters—students, professors, detectives, husbands, and mothers—that lead to deadly consequences.
Two Americans studying at Cambridge University, Polly and Liv, who are both strangers to their new home and both running away from painful memories, become quick friends. They find a common interest in Nick, a handsome, charming, seemingly guileless graduate student. For a time, the three engage in harmless flirtation, growing closer while doing research for Professor Gretchen Paul, the blind and devoted daughter of a semi-famous novelist. But a betrayal, followed by Nick’s inexplicable disappearance, brings long-buried histories to the surface.
The investigation, helmed by Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene, and his partner, Detective Sergeant Chloe Frohmann, raises countless questions—from the crime that scars Polly’s past to the searing truths concealed in family photographs which Gretchen cannot see.
Soon the three young lovers will discover how little they know about one another, and how devastating the ripples of long-ago actions can be.
At once a sensual and irresistible mystery and a haunting work of penetrating insight and emotional depth, The Whole World marks the beginning of Emily Winslow’s series of psychological suspense.
I shared book 3, of this series with you a few weeks ago. Red House, It was interesting to go back and see how Keene was originally injured, and how what he was like BEFORE the on the job injury sidelined him. Having read one of the books, I wasn't sure if the manner fo going back and forth between characters was typical of Emily's book, but having read this one, I can say that it is, and that is done to a great effect in this first book of the series, as it allows the reader to understand the backstories of the different characters, some of which they may not like. Once you see life from their perspective, suddenly, someone who wasn't likable, is not only emphatic, but someone you might now. It is an interesting method that really works to move this tale forward, as the mystery unwinds, winds up, and slinks along its course. There is no easy solution to this case-it is a case on case on case. Winslow does an excellent job getting the reader right into Keene and Chloe's relationship, working habits and methods. This is another book you won't be able to put down either!
Do yourself a favor and pick up all 3 of the books in the series, trust me you will want to read the next 2 after this one!
About the Author:
Emily Winslow is an American in Cambridge, England. She's the author of the novels The Whole World, The Start of Everything, and the memoir Jane Doe January. Check out her website for more