It’s everything she’s ever wanted …
When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.
It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too …
But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.
At least Lori is here to keep me company.
She has her own troubles yet she always listens to mine.
She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.
Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.
The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.
And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe …
Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.
The question is, why?
A gripping, spine-chilling read brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us or The Woman in the Window then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from Amazon chart bestseller Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped.
Published June 21st 2019 by Bookouture
~ Review ~
You’ve just moved into your dream home, with the man you hope to spend the rest of your life with, Jack. It’s run down and neglected but you have huge plans to transform into a beautiful forever home. It’s your first night – stormy and wild, and you’re celebrating the rosy looking future with a romantic night camped out in one of the less delapitated rooms, when there’s a knock at the door. A battered and bruised woman falls into your life seeking refuge. What would you do?
That’s the situation facing Stella, and the decision she takes to help Lori will change her life and set in motion a sequence of events that not only puts her in danger but forces her to confront a past she’s been hiding from. Stella is shocked by Lori’s disturbing story of domestic violence and escape, and see’s helping her as a way to put right the mistakes she made and haunt her with guilt. But is lori really what she seems? And what secrets are lurking in the ghosts of Stella’s dream house?
The Dream House is an absolute page turner – a read in one sitting without looking up kind of book. Right from the beginning, Jess Ryder sucks her reader in with a compelling writing style and secrets burning to be unfolded.
The story is set over two timelines, and I was intrigued to know how they would come together. What does connect the stories is the theme of domestic violence, a tough subject tackled with honesty and grit. This is a dark story of manipulation, control and the lasting affects of a violent home on a young person. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I thought the author tackled it extremely well.
I love an old, creepy house with secrets buried in every nook and cranny and Westhill House certainly had those. The British seaside setting in the winter lends a fantastically eerie atmosphere and I could picture this huge old house vividly. Some of the plot seemed a little far fetched – I know I’d never have answered the door in the first place let alone allow a stranger to move into my home – but when I discovered Stella’s past and motivations it kind of made sense why she would do this. However, I was quite able to overlook this and was glued to this book for an entire afternoon. A fast paced, gripping read with a thought provoking theme, this is a perfect cosy afternoon read and I’ll definitely look out for more by the author in the future.
(I read an advance ecopy courtesy of the publisher and netgally)