Well, thanks again to NetGalley I have just finished reading a book from another author new to me.
A young couple, Jack and Syd have been house hunting for a while. They started out with a long list of must-haves and over the months, as their offers on houses were declined, or somebody else made a better offer, the list dwindled. So imagine how delighted they were when they found the house of their dreams that matched their original list and their offer was unexpectedly, accepted.
This house had everything they wanted, plenty of space, perfect location and in walking distance to the local shop and pub. But the previous owner had packed up and gone to the other side of the world, Australia to be with a woman whom he met on the internet. And in leaving, he had left the house complete with all its furniture and everything else from his life, to the lucky purchasers.
We learn about Jack and Syd and their relationship with each other and the house by a series of notes that each has made. Syd is more enamoured of the house than is Jack who has some dark thoughts about the house and rapidly questions the Real Estate agent’s story of the vendor and his reasons for leaving everything behind.
Meantime, Syd meets and befriends Elsie a young girl who is obviously being abused by her father Syd is sympathetic because she too suffered at the hands of her father until on the night before her 14th birthday when she left home never to return. Unfortunately because of er leaving the father turns his attention o the younger sister and 2 months later her younger sister killed herself. Syd feels responsible for this death and now includes Elsie in her feeling of responsibility.
We learn that Jack is a Social worker employed by the local Council and together he and Syd decide to try to help Elsie. This ends in disaster as the Social Services can do nothing without proof and in fact, they only succeed in making things worse for the girl.
And the house? Well, there’s a whole lot of strange things going on. Strange noise in the night, odd smells, a dead cat in the attic, and a box of a young girl’s keepsakes, none of which can be easily explained away.
When Elsie’s father is murdered Jack becomes the prime suspect because he had threatened to kill the man following a drunken brawl at the local pub.
Meantime, Syd discoverers that her father has been released from jail and is once again living with her mother. Syd discovers this by chance and is immediately concerned that her father will once again try to control her.
The twist in the tail (or the tale) when it comes is totally unexpected. Can this be the perfect murder?
Are you confused yet? I can only encourage you to read his very complicated, well-written story for yourself. And like me, when you come to the end and all is revealed, you will no doubt take a deep breath and look around your own house with a different eye.
Disclaimer: I downloaded this book from Netgalley. I’m under no obligation to do so but choose to write this review,