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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 320 Pages.

Published: 21 September 2017 by HarperCollins Fiction

ISBN: 0008248958

EAN: 9780008248956

A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the No.1 ebook bestselling author of The Woman Next Door.

A strange encounter

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift

Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret

But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Plotted

Neve is a bit of a flaky character. Sleeping in her sister's spare room after breaking up with her boyfriend, she is barely managing. Her work is basic, her lack of money is a problem, as is her drinking. She needs to grow up and take responsiblity instead of acting like a teenager. One night walking home along Waterloo Bridge a woman  she talks to briefly jumps off the bridge in front of her. This leaves Neve in shock but she becomes more shocked when she discovers this woman has left her a cottage.

Neve irritated me. She really needed to grow up and get a hold on her life. She behaves very irresponsibly and is very childish, forever expecting other people to bail her out. I never really took to her. I did feel that the supporting cast, however, were well written. Neve's sister is a good sister, forever bailing her out but obviously coming to the end of her tether. The people she meets who live near the cottage are all very plausible and nice. It did take a while to work out who wasn't quite what they seemed.

The actual plot of this book is sound. Why did Isabelle throw herself off the bridge? What is going on in the cottage? There are plenty of questions for the reader to get their teeth into. I have to say that some twists towards the end weren't exactly what I had been expecting which was nice.

This is a well written book. I wouldn't have said that this was a psychological thriller as I didn't feel a read build up of suspense. However, it was an excellent mystery with some tension & a sound plot. It is a shame that I couldn't feel for Neve at all. Had I felt a glimmer of compassion for her it would have involved me a little bit more and maybe I would have felt more suspense.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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