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Whisper Cottage: A completely addictive psychological thriller with a shocking twist Copertina flessibile – 2 settembre 2021
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‘I couldn't put it down, read it cover to cover in a day… A fabulous chilling thriller.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A mysterious figure. A whispering community. A deadly secret…
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?
A haunting, twisty story about the power of secrets and rumours, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key and Lucy Atkins’s Magpie Lane.
Readers are gripped by Whisper Cottage:
‘Unputdownable. I loved it!… Had me hooked… Great, fast paced mystery.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Full of twists and turns you just don’t see coming… Read it in one sitting.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Super suspenseful book with lots of twists and “could it be you moments”… Keeps the reader guessing until the end.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Excellent… Gripping… I raced through it.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Brilliant!… Suspenseful, gripping, compulsive… It would make an amazeballs Netflix film (hint, hint)!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I was shocked to the core… and that doesn’t happen often! It’s one of those stories that you’re dying to figure out (but can’t!)… 5/5, loved it.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Creepy, claustrophobic and compelling! A beautifully written thriller that kept me glued to my Kindle’ Miranda Rijks
‘I devoured this book in a couple of sittings because I needed to find out what was going on!… Twists and turn to keep the reader enthralled!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Creepy, claustrophobic and compelling! A beautifully written thriller that kept me glued to my Kindle’ Miranda Rijks, author of The Visitors
‘Haunting psychological suspense… Will send shivers down your spine’ Alice Hunter, author of The Serial Killer’s Wife
“Whisper Cottage was a dark and atmospheric thriller that pulled me in from the very first page.” Stephanie DeCarolis, author of The Guilty Husband
'Chilling and wonderfully atmospheric, with an ending that took me surprise – I couldn’t put it down' Amanda Brittany, author of Her Last Lie
Descrizione del libro
A completely addictive psychological thriller with a shocking twist
- Editore : Avon (2 settembre 2021)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 368 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0008459975
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008459970
- Peso articolo : 260 g
- Dimensioni : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 977 in Thriller domestici
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I did a combined read/listen with its unabridged audiobook edition. The audiobook was narrated by Lauren Moakes.
In 2012 Stina and Jack are hoping for a fresh start away from the stresses of urban life and move into Wisteria Cottage in the Warwickshire village of Avoncote. They are quickly befriended by their elderly neighbour Mrs Barley, whose cottage adjoins theirs.
When Stina spots a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden and hears strange noises, these incidents increasingly play on her mind. Then there are the villagers who whisper about Mrs Barley. Her insular lifestyle and interest in folklore, herbs, charms, and the like has people murmuring that she is a witch. Yet Stina doesn’t consider herself the superstitious type despite the bumps in the night and Mrs Barley’s eccentricity.
Stina’s pregnancy and then being befriended by the widow next door did evoke fleeting memories of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ for me. It added to the suspense.
‘Whisper Cottage’ proved a slow burn with the author building up the day-to-day lives of her characters as well as life in the village over a period of time. I especially liked the way that despite the suspicions of the villagers, Mrs Barley’s beliefs were not sensationalised. With Warwickshire having a rural tradition of folk magic and witchcraft, it seemed a fitting setting.
As well as this being Anne Wyn Clark’s debut novel, this appears to be Lauren Moakes’ first time narrating an audiobook. I found her delivery confident and clear. She did well in capturing Stina’s first person narration as well as the voices of its various supporting characters. So I expect that she will soon be adding more audiobooks to her CV.
Overall, I found ‘Whisper Cottage’ an engaging mystery with good characterisations and genuinely interesting twists and turns. I felt that it was an assured debut and look forward to her future projects.