How well do you know the woman next door?
When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.
Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems.
Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home?
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Anne Wyn Clark lives in the UK, in the Midlands, with her husband, son and a feisty chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that…) and cake – and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions. She is passionate about animals and their welfare. Whilst she has enjoyed writing for many years, a love of all things gothic inspired her to try her hand at producing something dark and twisty, culminating in the haunting Whisper Cottage.
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There was something about the title of this book that just drew me in. I don’t know what it was, but I knew I had to read it. Reading the blurb just confirmed it for me and here we are a few weeks later with the review. It was a great book, a slow burn, but great. It was well worth the slow burn as we got to know each of the characters and this helped create the atmosphere for a chilling thriller.
All the characters were well written and we got some insight into the day-to-day lives of the villagers. I quite liked this as it was a little different. It seemed every character hid a dark past that they didn’t want anyone else to know about. I think the character that holds this book together is Mrs. Barley, is she a witch or is she just a quirky neighbour? She really had me hooked as I found myself wanting to find out more about her.
Overall, this is a very good psychological thriller, with loads of suspense, and you really never know what is going to come next. I’m not about to go giving anything away, but I suggest if you want to read it, then definitely go and get it. It’s a brilliant debut!