What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home. The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Polly Cooke just moved into her own home. But she seems to be having a tough time recently. Her mother had a stroke and almost burned her house down so she is in a nursing home. Then Polly is being stalked by a former classmate. But the more you read then more you learn that there is way more to this story than first glance. The story bounces between the present and a couple weeks prior. Polly was living with a couple other roommates when she meets up with Jacob. Even though we think Jacob is a stalker, there is so much more to this story and to say much about it kind of ruins the plot. I was very surprised by the direction the book took from near the beginning. The one thing I admit that I had a hard time with was when the book was taking place. There are a couple times when you would shift between the past and present with no notice. It made following along not very easy and when the timelines converge things go a little wonky then too. But this was a good book and one that will keep you on your toes. This is my first book from Rebecca Muddiman but it will not be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in Redcar in the Tees Valley area of North East England, UK and worked within the NHS for many years. She has a degree in Film and Media from the University of Sunderland and an MA in Creative Writing from Teesside University and has also studied several short courses including Crime Scene Investigation and Criminology. Her first novel "Stolen" won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. "No Place Like Home" is her fifth novel. I was very much taken in by the exciting sounding synopsis but this unfortunately was hard work. I read fiction to relax so this wasn't ideal, if I had wanted to read something that engaged my brain I would've chosen a non-fiction title. The story was far too confusing to keep up with as the timeline jumps all over the place with no prior warning and the author uses past and present tense rather randomly too. Don't get me wrong, there is a story there if you are willing to put the effort in. It also started out quite steadily and increased suddenly to a rapid pace and all the action seemed to take place all at once. The format and structure the author uses to tell the tale will make sense at the end of the book if you are willing to continue it. I am sure that others will find this a great read as reading is so subjective - it just wasn't for me i'm afraid. Many thanks to Bloodhound Books for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.