A woman has a vision of her life to come in Bailey’s debut novel.
When Ann Jones confides in her friend Alex that she’s seen into her own future, Alex worries that her friend is having a mental breakdown, and she writes a letter to her sister detailing the entirety of what Ann shared. Ann’s premonition begins with her arrival in the small East Coast town of Burrburgh. In her vision, her husband recently died unexpectedly, and she found herself with limited financial means and a desire to start fresh. A quick internet search leads her to purchase a home online, sight unseen. She finally travels across the country to move in, and she’s delighted with the house as well as the quaint little town where it sits. She’s further charmed when Freda, a woman from the neighborhood, invites her to join a local knitting club. The only downsides to the move are Ann’s inability to find employment and an aggressive car salesman who claims to know better which car will satisfy her. An offended Ann wants to vent her frustrations to the women in the knitting club, but she discovers that the group is very different than what she’d expected. In addition to some very strict rules about attendance, there’s a mysterious (and, it turns out, nefarious) undercurrent to the women’s conversations. Bailey makes sure that readers continuously wonder whether Burrburgh is as charming as it seems or if the knitting club is only the first of many reasons for Ann to be wary. Along the way, Bailey employs an accessible, almost conversational prose style, transforming what first appears to be a light romantic comedy into a thriller. Although there are moments of slapstick and laugh-out-loud humor throughout the tale, there’s also a grimmer undertone—a constant dread that Ann’s misgivings about her new home might actually be on the money.
A darkly comedic story about loyalty, new beginnings, and the bonds created by shared experiences.