From "a writer to watch," this gripping psychological thriller follows a young woman who uncovers a decades-old secret in her idyllic suburban neighborhood—but who will believe her?
THE PERFECT HOUSE . . . THE PERFECT LIFE . . . THE PERFECT TRAP
Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the countryside will provide a fresh start. Hannah is desperate for a baby, and she hopes that this new life will allow her to realize her dream of adopting a child . . . and revitalize her marriage. Yet when the worst snowstorm in years comes to Suffolk, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village, obsessively scrambling to turn the tumbledown manor into the perfect refuge for a child. Life in Tornley proves to be far from idyllic, however. Hannah has spent her professional life doing the right thing for other people. As she starts to uncover a terrible crime, she realizes she can no longer do that without putting everything she's ever wanted at risk. But if Hannah does nothing, the next victim could be her . . .
|Publisher:||Atria/Emily Bestler Books|
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If all escapes to the country were as eventful as this one, people would only be living in cities. A slow burner which has you guessing for some time but keeps you hooked. From the start Hannah and Will's move to the remote Suffolk countryside of his youth is filled with mystery, why leave a good job for this house, who is Barbara and why is she visiting? Then there is the mysterious tall figure lumbering in front of Will's car. All of these events are not explained until later but the help build the tension. Louise Millar the author gradually builds up this tension bit by bit until Hannah starts to question her sanity, and then it explodes into action. This is not your normal murder mystery thriller, but is does have murder, mystery and it thrills.
I do wish there was more of and ending on how Will reacted to this news.
Great Thriller! This is a psychological thriller, that is definitely a mystery and can drive the protagonist mad! Will and Hannah are married, and have been unable to have a baby. After countless IVF’s and other fertility treatments, they decide adoption is their best option to expanding their family. What is typical for couples: rather than grieve their inability to have a biological child, they immediately venture into the world of adoption, without even talking about where they are as a couple. As a result, Will is a bit put off by the huge move they make into the country, which will make his commute 4 hours!! I know….I wouldn’t do it either! However, after a failed adoption attempt, Hannah is determined to make sure everything is perfect and feels having a house (rather their apartment) will increase their chances to having a child. Sadly, Will is really distant (literally), upset about the move, and missed the “old” Hannah. Hannah is hyper-focused on fixing up their new home, which needs a lot of work. Due to heavy snows (think “The Shining”), Hannah is left alone in a desolate area, where she has to fix the house and repair many things, too! Will, on the other hand, is stranded at work. Really, though, he is connecting with an office mate, and making great music. With lots of strange happenings, and people who reminded me of the town in “Children of the Corn”, Hannah has to solve the mysteries happening in and around her home. She has strange neighbors, who all have their own agenda, and a “ghost” who has an agenda, too. I enjoyed the book and storyline, but found myself so frustrated for Hannah. I always tell people that if an author can make me detest an unlikeable character, then she did her job…and Louise Millar certainly nails this one! I found Will to be uncaring, very self-centered, and selfish. Understanding he was dealing with the failed adoption in his own way, he still made me so angry! I really wanted a different ending for Hannah because of how brave and strong she is. However, it is their dream to have a family and their relationship can overcome. I would have liked the book to have been longer, so that we could see how Hannah and Will deal with their relationship and come together to decide how to move forward. Nonetheless, it’s a fast past paced novel, lots of mysteries to uncover, and a great book that kept me up late at night because I was determined to know how it all ends!
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