Book Review – The House On The Lake by Nuala Ellwood

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?Published 20th February 2020 by Penguin Uk

~ Review ~ Wow – What a griping story this is. It’s the type of book that you need to clear a few hours for, because once you start you won’t want to put it down.It starts with an unnamed person, holed up in a room and covered in someone else’s blood and the police breaking in to take them away, before splitting into the stories of Grace and Lisa, told in alternating chapters and timelines, both with secrets to hide.The House on The Lake is a pretty short book, at just 300 pages. Yet some pretty big themes are tackled extremely well – war and PTSD, emotional abuse and control. I wasn’t expecting such subjects and it really gave me something to think about. It’s interesting how the author highlights and connects the themes between Grace and Lisa, despite their very different lives. The author explores the effects of trauma and impulsive actions which set off a chain of events, adding shades of grey to the characters and giving the reader lots to reflect upon.I loved how the book switched so seemlessly between the two women and each chapter left me desperate to read a little bit more. I was intrigued by the secrets of Lisa and Grace and how, fifteen years apart, their stories would connect and collide. The story is incredibly fresh and I could never have predicted the explosive conclusion. The House on The Lake consumed me for a few hours:- it’s compelling and moving, with surprising twists which had me holding my breath as I turned the pages frantically. A highly recommended read!

Thanks to the publisher for my gifted paperback of this book

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