The perfect house or the perfect lie?
The moment my husband showed me Cliffside—a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops—I fell in love. And right there and then I made a pact with myself. I am never leaving this house.
But when my husband was killed on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after we moved in, I had a decision to make—leave the home I love and start a new life or stay and shut myself off from the world? I am never leaving this house.
As I pieced together my shattered life, my mind began to play tricks on me. Footsteps along the beach, leading to my home, then blood-red flowers left on my doorstep with a note that read Looking at you. So I retreated back to the safety of my glass refuge once again. I am never leaving this house.
But now, as I stare out of the towering windows of my perfect home, I know there is someone out there staring back. I know that they are watching my every move, waiting to make me pay for my past mistakes.
I have said if several times before but I have to repeat myself once again: What a great book!
Straight from the start there were some people that I did not trust and the whole atmosphere throughout the book is downright creepy.
We are confronted once again with the fact that lonely people are easy targets for manipulators and I have to admit the manipulation was simply subtle in the beginning.
This story is a case of the main character being to trusting to see through what’s going on and in my head I was yelling: ‘Don’t you see what they are doing???!!!’ But of course that is what makes a story a good one too.
Although, in general, the story can be compared to a slowly flowing river it suddenly turns into a white water one.
I loved this book with its great structure and surprising revelations. 5 stars.
Thank you, Arianne Richmonde and Bookouture
About the author
Arianne Richmonde is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the psychological thriller, THE WIFE’S HOUSE (released by Bookouture Aug 24, 2020) and suspense and romance. Her Pearl series has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Her stories are always character-driven and full of unexpected twists and turns.
When not writing about the passions and fragilities of human nature, she loves to spend time with her husband and their animals, including a femme fatale Husky with one blue eye and one golden eye. Arianne’s a chocaholic and sometimes sneaks off to sunny, exotic locations, all in the name of research.