Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they’ve got over for dinner. She knows what mood they’re in before they even step out the door. There’s nothing wrong with looking, is there?
Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime…
My Review; This is one of this years selection of Quick Reads. I devoured it in an hour and I bloody loved it. Under 200 pages but a brilliant short story with plenty of twists and turns throughout making it a gripping, page turner. Deadly. A clever story. A great outcome. Do you really know your neighbours? Highly recommend. Well enjoyed. One to remember.
Blurb;Is her new husband really who she thinks he is?
When young doctor Lauren Matheson meets Joe, an older divorced businessman, at a glittering poolside in California, it’s a chance encounter that seems life-changing for them both. Back home in London, their feelings only strengthen. But Lauren soon discovers that building a happy future with Joe is going to be an uphill struggle…
She’s determined to be a good stepmother to his children, four-year-old Toby and complicated teen Grace. But under the watchful eye of Meredith, Joe’s intimidating ex-wife, Lauren can’t seem to do a thing right. Why won’t Joe ever take her side against Grace? And what really happened between him and Meredith?
As her husband retreats into a cold, secretive version of the dashing man she met in California, Lauren starts to wonder if she’s made a costly mistake. Was Joe ever the man she thought she married?
Blurb; Idyllic memories? A perfect childhood? A secret buried for thirty years…
None of us could remember why we drifted apart – we were always so close at school…
That was thirty years ago, and I hadn’t thought of my school friends in all that time – it was like they’d never existed.
Then the dreams started. Dreams that I knew I’d had before. Horrific dreams of fear and fire and death.
Dreams of a ghostly urban legend who seemed to hang over my home village like an evil spirit – the Shadow Man.
I’d begun to remember, and I knew we had to go back.
What happened to us back then? Do we really want to know? Are we ready to face the Shadow Man again?
My Review; From the first page this story had me hooked and extremely intrigued! It’s a brilliant story, the first I have read by this author. It’s dark in parts. Descriptive. I think this would be perfect to aim at the younger adults Genre.
The story flicks between the past (then) and the present (now) alot, but each chapter is clearly labelled so causes no confusion. Its a brilliant horror/thriller with plenty of twists. It kept me guessing and turning those pages! It’s a fast paced, edge of your seat seat. I enjoyed every minute of it. A look into how reliable our memories really are. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Cannot wait to read more by this author in the future.