About the book:
Can fate put you in danger?
Secrets, lies and evil lie in wait.
Ivy and Georgie have secrets and pasts riddled with shame and betrayal. On a cold February day, both women leave home hoping to rebuild their lives, not knowing their worlds will soon collide.
When fate eventually brings them to Tenley House, the home of a bitter, domineering matriarch who controls her fickle son and terrorises her adoptive granddaughter, the women find themselves in danger. Behind the facade of propriety, amidst secrets and lies, the truth will unfold when evil is awakened…
Hiding in plain sight and sworn to avenge the wrongs of the past, something stalks the corridors of Tenley. It listens and waits patiently, lurking in shadows, tormenting its prey and when the time is right, begins to strike down the occupants of Tenley, one by one…
Deceptively dark with a creeping sense of menace, this is the tale of two young women drawn together by circumstance and heartbreak.
Wow where do I begin with this review! There are very few books that capture my undivided attention from the first page. This is one of those books that had me reading well into the night wanting more and more!
Ok let’s get stuck into my review.
Right from the get go Patricia throws us in with a dark and chilling prologue that sets up the tone of the book beautifully which opens with a terminally ill person that whilst on their death bed, is being taunted by not one or two but three demons!! What is their story??
From here we are taken back to the sixties where we are introduced to Ivy and Georgie and their back stories which consists of love, loss, hatred, despair, obsession, jealously and sexual abuse! Two very different lives are lead but with a the same outcome of shame which leads them to branch out on their own and fend for themselves. We follow their stories individually during a time not as free as we live in the world today. Ivy and Georgie could not be more different from each other and their lives are brought together due to an unfortunate circumstance but with one thing in common….a child.
This journey leads both women to Tenley House where its inhabitants, overbearing matriarch Phyllis and her spineless son Kenneth as well as Kenneth’s adopted daughter Vanessa reside. But Tenley House has it own secrets and horrors and was the scene where Kenneth’s first wife Daphne lost her life with Vanessa the one finding her as a young child which leads to psychological trauma.
Kenneth who is living a lie and has his own secrets meets and marries Georgie. They share a deep love for each other but it is an open marriage and of convenience.
Georgie forms a close bond with Vanessa and falls easily into the role of her step-mother and takes her under her wing due to the terrible treatment of her by Phyllis.
As the years progress life continues for all and then Ivy (now known as Sadie. You will have to read the book to find out why!) accepts a position as governess to Vanessa and moves into Henley House. It is here that my opinion changes of both women in that they are more similar than I first thought. Both woman over the course of the book are determined to get what they want and will do whatever it takes to succeed. But what is the motivation for Sadie to be at Henley House and is it a coincidence that after her arrival that people start dying or is something more sinister?
Do I recommend this book:
Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just when you think you have figured it out you actually don’t know anything at all and I love that about this book!
It is so well written you also feel you are a part of the story. It is dark and menacing which what a great psychological thriller is in my book.
I also have to mention the stunning artwork of this book that had me captivated before I even read what the book was about! A standing ovation is a must to the designer of this.
This is the first book I have read by Patricia having been introduced to her work on Facebook. I have now downloaded all of Patricia’s other books and can’t wait to get stuck into them.
I highly recommend this book. Do yourself a favour and buy it now!!
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.
Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.
if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.
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