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Sometimes the danger is on the inside . . .

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter.

The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped.

But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Suddenly the whole world wants to know where his money has gone. Soon people are going to come knocking on the door, people with motives and secrets of their own, who will be asking Blake the sort of questions she can’t – or won’t – want to answer.

And will the panic room ever give up its secrets?


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Shame About the Ending

I have read a great number of Robert Goddard books over the years and enjoyed many of them. I personally feel his earlier books were the best with the stories being less solid & enthralling with the later books. This book had all the making of an excellent read which I enjoyed very much. However, I really wasn't happy with the ending. I felt that it tailed off into the extremely unlikely & unbelieveable which didn't fit with the rest of the book - such a shame.

Millionaire businessman Jack Harkness is in London on bail with a tag. His "soon to be ex" wife is quietly trying to sell off a Cornish property which seems to have slipped through the creditor's net. Don is sent down to value it and meets up with the housekeeper, Blake. Throw into the mix some violent henchmen, Don's ex-wife Fran, a missing daughter and you have a recipe for an excellent book.

I really did enjoy the bulk of this book. Blake & Don get caught up in something which is way above their heads. They finally set off to discover the whereabouts of a young woman who disappeared years ago & this leads to some answers. There are some great characters & some interesting intertwined threads. I wasn't convinced about the need for Wynsum the witch but that thread did give us some insights into the character of Jack Harkness. This was heading for a solid 4 1/2 to 5 stars when the ending arrived.

What went wrong with the ending? It just didn't fit with the rest of the book. The character of Jack Harkness didn't suit the ending. It was all very out of character. People cropped up to help facilitate the ending but them cropping up then & there was quite unbelievable. Some of the threads were left unfinished which was exasperating. In all it was very unlikely and disappointing.

I have still given this book four stars as the majority of it was a good read. It is possible that others may feel differently about the ending and find this up to the same standard of his earlier books. As for me - almost an excellent read.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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