Today I am one of the bloggers kicking off the books on tour on its publication day for The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes, published by Bookouture.
The Housewarming by S.E. Lynes
Release Date: 23rd of October 2020
Print Length: 350 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Everyone is going to the housewarming party.
All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished…
Will her mother finally learn the truth?
Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.
A year later, the Lovegoods are planning their long-anticipated housewarming party. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.
But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.
Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.
She’s about to find out she was wrong…
Brilliantly dark and moving suspense fiction for fans of Gillian Flynn, Claire McGowan and Lisa Jewell, The Housewarming will have your pulse racing and your heart in your mouth from start to finish.
Oh S.E. Lynes, once again you have me crying over one of your books. I was a blubbering mess after I finished reading this one and I just felt so heartbroken. When an author makes me feel these emotions and share the experiences as their characters do through their storytelling, it makes me hold them in the highest regard.
Whatever S.E. Lynes writes turns to gold and The Housewarming is no exception. She has crafted an emotional tale of two parents guilt, grief and heartbreak, which is all interwoven in a mystery to solve as to what really happened the day their child disappeared. When the truth is revealed, it will leave you all shook up, so make sure you have the tissues on hand!
Once again S.E. Lynes has created a lead character that just pulled on my heartstrings. Ava is just so broken and has barely existed in the last year since her daughter’s disappearance. Each tear that she shed, I shed and after a throwaway comment at a housewarming party at her neighbours, suggests that some of them know more about that day than they have let, on including her husband, leads Ava on a quest in search of the truth.
S.E. Lynes writing is just breathtaking throughout this book and she really has put her heart and soul into it. I devoured each page and was gripped from start to finished. S.E. Lynes knows how to get her readers attention and she does a great job of making you feel part of the story. I felt like I was by Ava’s side helping her along, as I was also desperate to know what really happened on that tragic day.
All up The Housewarming is an emotional story that will have you unable to tear yourself away from. It has been very well plotted, executed and has very well developed characters. The tension and suspense that is built up throughout keeps you flicking those pages and will have you still thinking about the book long after you have finished it. Congratulations on another outstanding book S.E. Lynes! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Housewarming which I highly recommend.
Thank you to S.E. Lynes, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Housewarming, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know S.E. Lynes
Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’, ‘beautifully written’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and her latest novel, THE HOUSEWARMING, available for pre-order NOW.
After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.
She has also published three children’s books in Italy: IL LEOPARDO LAMPO, LA COCCODRILLA INGAMBA, and the bilingual LA SCIMMIA SPIRITOSA/THE FUNNY MONKEY, all available at Amazon.it
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