Performed by Aoife McMahon
Published January 2020 by Quercus
Category: Pyschological, Suspense, Family Drama, Mystery, Audiobook, Review
It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.
Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.
Set in Spanish Cove, a small village on the west coast of Ireland, Six Wicked Reasons focuses on the dysfunctional Lattimer family. The story begins with a celebratory reunion on a yacht. Adam Lattimer, the son and sibling the family feared dead had returned after ten years. Nine people, including Frazer Lattimer’s fiancé, had boarded but only eight left the yacht alive. When Frazer’s body was pulled from the sea it was evident the blow to the back of his head had killed him.
Kathleen, a wealthy woman in her own right, and Frazer Lattimer, who quit work to manage his wife’s portfolio, had six children—James, Adam, Ellen, Kate, Clio and Ryan. When Adam disappeared ten years previously the impact on the family was huge. During that time Kathleen, who was devastated when Adam couldn’t be found, passed away. Frazer’s controlling, critical and sometimes sadistic nature had adverse effects on all his children. All but one left home as soon as they could. Now Adam was back. And Frazer was dead.
The narrative comes from the perspective of each sibling, covering their lives past and present. The brothers and sisters couldn’t be more different. Ellen, the eldest, is the only one still living at home. Clio was living under the radar in New York, James and Kate in Dublin. Ryan, a recovering addict, lives in Italy. Each of them had issues with their father and could have reasons to want him out of the way. Detective Rob Downes, an old friend of Clio’s, is investigating. With a confined suspect pool, he knows one of them killed Frazer, yet the evidence gathered doesn’t really push the case forward.
There’d been fireworks, earlier in the evening. The strains of music could be heard from the shore. Crates of champagne had gone on board, delicious canapés, everything to make it the perfect luxury night at sea.
It was a much-anticipated reunion.
A brother, who had vanished from their lives ten years ago, leaving untold grief in his wake, had come home.
The party to mark his return ended when a body was pulled from the water, already deceased.