I read and enjoyed the previous book by this author, The House, so when I was asked to be on this blog tour I was immediately interested. Many thanks to Hannah Ludbrook and Penguin UK for inviting me onto the tour. My review is below.
Blurb: ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT…
Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.
But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?
Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.
And Susanna realises she was wrong.
She doesn’t know him.
BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…
My Review: I really enjoyed reading The House and the description of this book intrigued me and sounded quite gripping and tense so I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it never grabbed me in the way I expected it too. I didn’t feel any great empathy or concern towards any of the three characters mentioned most in the book and didn’t warm to them either.
The writing was good, there were tensions built into the story through the writing and periods when the story then jumped to a flashback just as you felt you were getting somewhere, like two part tv episodes when it says ‘to be continued…’ and you scream at the tv in frustration. It was a bit like that. It wasn’t clear what was going on until about half way through the book when enough information was revealed for the reader to gain more understanding of this odd and unusual situation. It was confusing to read to start with, and deliberately so, because if it was a real situation it wiuld be that confusing until you got more information.
The story takes place over 4 hours, as well as the interconnected flashbacks which give much needed clarity. While the writing did give a good sense of the characters and I could see that it could be an unputdownable book I also felt it was too long, and perhaps I would have been more hooked had it been shorter.
It’s definitely an interesting and unusual premise and one which is well constructed. I think people who don’t often read psychological thrillers or who want something quite different may enjoy it. I, however, felt The House was a more intense read.
***I should add, a warning, there is a very cruel scene involving an animal. As I know some people will not read books with this content I feel it needs to be highlighted here.***