ABOUT THE BOOK
A house built on secrets
An old woman haunted by her past
A young woman fighting for her life
For Sara Keane, it was supposed to be a second chance.
A new country. A new house. A new beginning.
Then came the knock on the door.
Elderly Mary Jackson can’t understand why Sara and her husband are living in her home.
She remembers the fire. She remembers the house burning down. But she also remembers the children. The children who need her. The children she must protect.
‘The children will find you,’ she tells Sara, because Mary knows she needs help too. As Sara becomes obsessed with what happened in that house nearly sixty years ago, and the family wiped out in one bloody night, she begins to see things. Things that can’t be real.
In a story that spans six decades, the truth will not stay buried, and the ghosts of the past can never remain in the shadows . . .
Sara had been a bright young woman who had graduated from University to work in child protection, but after meeting Damien at University, she falls head over heels in love with her perfect man. That is until they marry. Damien isn’t long before he isolates Sara from her friends and family. Then he moves them over to Ireland, his home town and property his wealthy dad has picked up for them at a snip of its value.
Sara had been at her lowest when they arrived with strict instructions that she should not go out or talk to anyone. When Mary, an elderly lady, goes to the house and demands that it is her house, it sets Sara on a course that she can not stop. Mary has escaped from the old folks home, but when she is gone, Sara is left with haunting images of what she has told her. Sara is determined to see Mary again and look into the history of the place they are living, with the help of a builder working on the house.
What a story this is! It was simply impossible to put down. As Sara finds out more about the house and Mary, she begins to see images herself of children from the past. What she doesn’t understand, is the fear that her husband’s family bring to the area.
The story drops back sixty years when Mary was a child herself and living in the house. In present-day, Sara is researching official reports about the people that once lived in their house, and the horrors that happened there.
Stories are going on from the past and past day. A lot of it is hard to read. With supernatural elements playing a big part in the book, it heightens the tension more. The author creates a tremendous atmosphere and delivers the perfect endings. A brilliant story.
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stuart Neville’s debut novel, THE TWELVE (published in the USA as THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST), won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was picked as one of the top crime novels of 2009 by both the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Barry, Macavity, Dilys awards, as well as the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. He has since published three critically acclaimed sequels, COLLUSION, STOLEN SOULS and THE FINAL SILENCE.
His first four novels have each been longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and RATLINES was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.
Stuart’s novels have been translated into various languages, including German, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, Greek and more. The French edition of The Ghosts of Belfast, Les Fantômes de Belfast, won Le Prix Mystère de la Critique du Meilleur Roman Étranger and Grand Prix du Roman Noir Étranger.
His fourth novel, RATLINES, about Nazis harboured by the Irish state following WWII is currently in development for television.