A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us – perfect for fans of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.
For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah’s mother dies, it sends Sarah into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the beachside house he grew up in.
But there is a catch: while their new home carries only happy memories for Patrick, to everyone else it’s known as the Murder House – named for the family that was killed there.
Patrick is adamant they can make it perfect again, though with their children plagued by nightmares and a constant sense they’re being watched, Sarah’s not so sure. Because the longer they live in their ‘dream home’, the more different her loving husband becomes . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The rose-coloured spectacles are well and truly on when Patrick hears that the house that was his sea-side family home as a child is up for sale. The coastal location sounds an ideal place for him and his wife to bring up their two teenage children. Sarah had fallen into a state of depression after her mother died. So Patrick sees the windfall she has been left as the opportunity for a fresh start for them all.
There is only one draw back. The family that lived there after Patrick’s family moved were all slaughtered, with the exception of one child. The Murder House, that had been left empty ever since the tragic family had died, wasn’t quite what Patrick’s family had in mind to up root and move to.
Now this isn’t a family that you would say was stable to start with, it has its secrets, it has its emotional problems and it has Patrick who I disliked from the first time he appeared on the pages. So what begins with unease soon builds into a dark and disturbing story once this dysfunctional family moves into the house of yesteryear horrors.
There are some real creepy people in this story that all have their own take on Patrick’s family and that of the family that were murdered. The house even seems to have its own influence on its occupants too as it feels like the walls are closing in as the mental health of all of them takes a dive. I was swept along with it all, wanting answers, then wanting to unread them!
The intensity just increases in every chapter at times blurring what I thought I knew and at others shocking me to my core. To say I got edgy just doesn’t quite tell of the shocks that I came across. This is a real mixed up family believe me. A super ending that I had to read twice. Gob-smacked!
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this e-book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vanessa Savage lives by the sea in South Wales with her husband and two daughters.
She started out writing women’s fiction but soon realized she wanted her characters to kill each other rather than kiss each other…
Turning to (fictional) crime, she now writes psychological thrillers.