I am finally playing catch up from a horrible reading slump that left my TBR is shambles! Here are two very different novels, both highly entertaining, and highly recommended!
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Publication Date: August 6, 2019)
Be careful who you let in.
Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.
She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.
Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.
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So creepy and intense!
I absolutely loved everything about this book! The characters, the tone, and the plot, everything was deliciously sinister!
Fabulous writing and positively enthralling, The Family Upstairs will not allow you to put it down. Make sure you eat, drink, and have a potty break before you start, because once you go in, you won’t be coming back it till it’s done.
Truly one of my favourite thrillers of 2019!
Rating: All the Stars!
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw (Publication Date: November 5th, 2019)
Be careful of the dark, dark wood…
Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.
Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.
But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.
For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.
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Beautiful and Atmospheric!
When I started reading Winterwood, I was looking to be transported. I wanted magic, mystery and all kinds of witchy goodness! I was not disappointed! This book delivered all of that, and more. Unfortunately where it disappointed, was in the pacing and predictability of the story. Don’t get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed it, but it was a bit slow, at least the beginning and while all the magical elements were there, I hated that I could guess what would happen next too easily.
My absolute favourite part about this book is the stunning atmosphere the author created! I can’t think of a backdrop more suited to magic and romance and I adored it.
While this book wasn’t perfect, it was still entertaining and I liked it enough to read more from Shea Ernshaw!
Rating: 4/5 Stars