Matthew Stanyer hasn't been the perfect son, although he's tried. He came home from Greece when his mother fell ill, but he can't bring himself to embrace his childhood home with comfort since it's miserable existence has been taken over with strange hoarding and shame. When he finds out his parents are missing and what's happened them, the hoarding takes on a whole new level of meaning.
It's not often I've read about hoarding, and I dug how the author tied this into a psychological secret the characters try to cover up with physical stuff. Interesting concept. I thought it was interesting how the author focuses so much on the character's embarrassment of his parent's condition. Digging through the hoard reveals secrets that turns this thriller type into a full blown mystery.
The pool of suspects isn't huge, so it's possible to guess the culprit, although I didn't guess the motive. Characters are likable but the dialogue interchanges between Matthew and his girlfriend were rather annoying, especially the overuse of "babe."
A short novella, it's worth a read when in the mood for a small town with an aged crime story that has now been uncovered and brought to light.
“It may not have been a lifestyle she chose, remember. Choice and compulsion don’t always go together.”