The House on the Cliff: A Novel

The House on the Cliff: A Novel

by Charlotte Williams

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The House on the Cliff: A Novel by Charlotte Williams

Jessica Mayhew is a sharp, successful therapist with a thriving practice and loving family. But the arrival of a new client, actor Gwydion Morgan, coincides with a turbulent moment in her life: her husband has just confessed to a one-night stand with a younger woman. The son of a famous stage director, Gwydion is good-looking and talented but mentally fragile, tormented by an intriguing phobia. When Jessica receives a frantic call warning that he is suicidal, she decides to make a house call.

The Morgans live in a grand clifftop mansion overlooking the rocky Welsh coast. It seems to be a remote paradise, but there's something sinister about it too: Jessica learns that the family's former au pair drowned in the bay under mysterious circumstances. In her quest to help Gwydion, to whom she's grown increasingly attached, Jessica becomes ensnared in the Morgan family mystery, which soon becomes an explosive public scandal—one that puts her directly in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jessica is doing her best to keep her marriage and family together, but her growing attraction to Gwydion is impossible to ignore.

Smart, stylish, and suspenseful, The House on the Cliff announces the arrival of a winning female protagonist in Jessica Mayhew and an exciting new crime writer in Charlotte Williams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062284570
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

After studying philosophy in college, Charlotte Williams went on to work as an arts journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines, and making documentaries for the BBC. More recently, she also worked in radio drama, writing original plays and adaptations. Williams died in 2014 at the age of fifty-nine.

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The House on the Cliff 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a good crime novel, but I also really enjoy psychological thrillers. The cover copy of Charlotte Williams' debut novel, The House on the Cliff, sounded right up my alley. "A riveting psychological novel featuring Jessica Mayhew, a therapist who becomes entangled in the long-dormant murder mystery that haunts her patient's family." I was intrigued by the initial meeting of Jessica and her patient, actor Gwydion Morgan. He has a fear of buttons. (It is a real phobia! Who knew?) However as their sessions continue, the button phobia takes a backseat to a remembered dream from childhood. Gwydion dreams of hiding in a box to escape an loud argument. His father is a well known director and a serial philanderer. Could the dream be a repressed memory? Is there more for Gwydion to remember? Jessica herself is dealing with issues as well - her husband has had a brief affair and although they are still together for the sake of the children, she has not forgiven him. Here's my problem - I didn't like Jessica at all. Not as a person, wife or mother and certainly not as a therapist. She crosses way too many lines, all while justifying her actions to herself. Her daughter is involved in a potentially dangerous situation, yet she blithely lets her walk into it anyway. For me, this storyline seemed more intriguing and more 'psychologically thrilling' than the main plot. Williams has a very clinical style of writing, that perhaps suits a psychotherapist recounting a tale. But, I found it dry and somewhat tedious. Although Williams does give us a twist at the end, I wasn't overly surprised by the whodunit. Sadly, for this reader, The House on the Cliff wasn't quite what I had hoped for. The House on the Cliff is the first in a planned series featuring Mayhew.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A psycho therapist gets caught up in a client more than she ever has and at the same time she is dealing with drama in her home life, this book definitely had the eery feeling from beginning to end.  Set in Wales, and with a fantastic cover, the author did a fantastic job of setting the stage for a dark and cold story with quite a mystery involved.   There was quote a lot of psychology words wrapped up in the story, but I may have skimmed over that part to find the story.  A who dun it with a fantastic twist at the end, although I may have predicted a few parts, I was a little bit surprised with the killer's identity.  I think the simplicity in the characters was superb.  I was thankful that the author didn't muddle the story with describing and spending time with any of Jessica's other clients who weren't central to the story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down and wanted to know what happened next. It has everything, intrigue, mystery,murder, love, suspense, which kept me coming back for more. I was sad it ended, but plan on reading it again at another time. Thank you to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good psychological thriller.not the best as I didnt like the protaganist much. But overall it was a food read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story, you cant help but like the main character and you will root for her till the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was slow at first but got better and better as the story continued. It's about a psychologist dealing with her marriage crisis while trying to help a patient she was attracted to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a little problem getting into this book, but after a few chapters, couldn't put it down. Very interesting read and story line. Kept you wondering who done it.
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It was a very slow starter sure to rate a 2 or 3, but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down. It is definitely one of the three best books I've read this year.
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Kept my interest throughout
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Enjoyed reading this book.Very good author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book loved it and recommend it read it !!!
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Good gothic-type mystery the likes of Victoria Holt set in modern times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drug and had to skip ahead - boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oldie style gothic hey welsh coast says it all modern shrink or not and who makes house calls so call it a fantsy too anyone remember the movie lovesick with alex guiness as the ghost of freud? Buska
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