A fascinating character study and portrait of a small community that will leave you questioning all of your assumptions.
You don't know what's going on in Sara's house...Or in her head.
Sara is lonely. No one talks to her - not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.
Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.
But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.
So subtly done, and well achieved, and horrifyingly, hilariously believable - just the blackest of delights.
I raced through it. Dark, tense and very twisty.
A massively enjoyable book - creepy, funny, surprising and absolutely unputdownable... My only wish is that I hadn't finished it so quickly.
Dark and unpredictable, yet scarily plausible, domestic noir
With a delicious sense of creeping menace, an uncertainty about where truth lies and with mounting claustrophobic tension, Marianne Kavanagh's novel offers a pleasingly dark take on the much-vaunted attractions of English village life.
A dark, disturbing slow burn of a novel that I consumed with an increasing and justified sense of foreboding.