Oh I love finding a new writer to follow!
What a book! I really enjoyed reading this one, although using the term ‘enjoyed’ always feels a bit peculiar and a tad bloodthirsty when describing a tense crime chiller where more than one character came to a grisly end. Such are the foibles of a crime fiction reader and I make no bones (ha) about the fact that I do occasionally like to be scared witless.
And what better place to set a chiller thriller than an old asylum full of atmosphere and old ghosts. If only the walls could tell stories and in this case they do. We hear the sad stories and terrible fate of some of the former asylum inmates. Patients that were admitted as children and at times it is scary, emotional heart-rending stuff‘
Did you see the latest list for procedures?’ ‘No, not yet. Are any of ours on it? ‘Yes, that brat from bed ten who thinks she knows better than anyone else is down for a lobotomy.
I didn’t really warm to the characters of Lucy and Matty at first, but as the book progressed and more of their lives and back stories are revealed, I found them more interesting, likeable and believable.
As the drama and action escalated I found myself holding my breath and having to read the last few chapters on into the early hours of the morning because I just needed to find out what happened.
The writer has worked with the police for a number of years and it shows, although she admitted to bending the rules a bit, I can’t say I noticed.
Absolutely top writing and I must look out for more books by this author.
Thanks to the publisher Bookouture via NetGalley for my review copy
About the author (via Amazon)
Helen lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children and has done since she was born. It gets some bad press, but really is a lovely place to live. Surrounded by coastline and not far from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading, she loves reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.
Her debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House and book five which is soon to be released The Girls in the Woods.