I moved closer to the little girl, afraid that our voices would be caught by the monitor.
‘What happened to you, Lucy? Can you tell me?’
When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation from a childhood friend, Caroline, to visit her family’s beautiful beach house, situated at the mouth of an isolated cove, miles from the nearest town. The silence is broken only by the rhythmic crash of the waves against the jagged black rocks below.
But when Sophie arrives, she finds her friend much changed. Caroline – who used to be so warm and confident – is secretive and on-edge, spending long, unexplained hours away from her family. And then there’s Caroline’s little daughter Lucy – who stopped speaking soon after they moved in. Caroline assures Sophie that it’s only a phase, but Sophie thinks Lucy looks a little uncared for, a little afraid…
Then one night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold…
What secrets hide behind closed doors in this isolated house by the sea?
Who does not like a psychological story drizzled with a creamy emotional sauce and topped with a few cherries? I most certainly do!
The prologue is already very intriguing and you know something is going to happen but when and to whom is a big secret that has yet to be revealed.
Sophie, one of the main characters, gets an uneasy feeling very soon and I understand where she comes from. It gave me chills too.
The story develops and the further we go, the more the feeling of creepiness grows.
After about 70% of the book, I really thought that I had figured it out. Well, let me tell you that that thought went out of the window fast.
A little bit later I had a ‘eureka’ feeling and thought I had hit bull’s eye. Was I right this time? Of course … not.
Never mind. I was enjoying this book so much that it did not bother me that I was wrongfooted. I can only applaud this and show my appreciation by giving 5 stars.
Thank you, Jill Childs and Bookouture
About the author
Jill always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent thirty years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in south-west London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, wars and riots, she’s decided some of the most extraordinary stories are right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets just like yours.
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