IN A COTTAGE IN A WOOD

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TITLE: IN A COTTAGE IN A WOOD
AUTHOR: CASS GREEN
PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS
PUB DATE: 21st Sept 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…

A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the No.1 ebook bestselling author of The Woman Next Door.

A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

MY REVIEW:

The first thing I have to comment on the book cover…WOW. The title sent a shiver of anticipation down my spine and the creepy, eerie image of the rather austere looking cottage almost swallowed by bleak swirling fog sealed the deal. If I had spotted this on a shelf in a bookshop it would have been in my hand and on its way to the till itin a heartbeat.It had my name written all over it.
The story is beautifully written, the author Cass Green has a real talent for describing and her choice of words build the setting and the tone to perfection. I absolutely loved the authors style of writing it was very readable and she transported me intothe cottage and enabled to me to experience the loneliness and the isolation as if I was Neve. you become emotionally invested in Neve very early on and I empathised for thefear as if it was me there frightened and alone in the middle of nowhere.
Although I loved every page of this this book from the very start and couldn’t wait to read on, desperate to learn more about the woman on the bridge, intrigued to find out why she killed herself and what events led up to the traumatic decision she made to end her life. I had an inkling that Isobelle and Neves ‘ chance’ meeting on the bridge that night wasn’t as coincidental as Neve was led to believe. However it wasn’t until the last third of the book that I realised how expertly and precisely the threads of this story had been woven mans threaded into an intricate and complex finale. As the climax unfolded it was so fluid and so shocking that I held my breath devouring the pages and reading faster and faster in my excitement. As secrets unfolded and the mysteries and questions were exposed and explained I was left speechless, I hDnt even come close to guessing the connection between the two female characters.
This book revealed a very well thought out storyline that was unravelled in a way that kept you guessing from start to finish. The characters were brilliantly depicted and Neve herself was very believable and very likeable. She was just a normal girl trying to find her way in life, struggling financially and emotionally in the aftermath of the breakup with her long term boyfriend and trying to live a life at odds with the settled domesticated one of her sister whom she is staying with. I felt sorry for her and liked her a lot, I felt sorry for her as sheleft London anticipating a pretty chocolate box cottage and travelling well out of her comfort zone only to find the cottage she has ‘inherited’ is ugly, desolate and in a state of disrepair. She went up in my estimation when she stays on and starts to dig into the strange circumstances behind Isabelle’s death and admired her pluckiness when despite being terrified when a threat to her safety seems to loom
Large and weird things start to happen.Why did isobelle have bars on the windows? Who was trying to frighen her and who is now stalking Neve? The answer isn’t simple and when it is revealed it dredges up a whole lot of history!
The Gardener family who live moments away from her spooky cottage seem to be welcoming neighbours but I had my suspicions they were not quite what they seemed from the moment she met them… I loved what their burgeoning friendship added to the story even more so when the truth about them was revealed!
An entertaining, beautifully crafted story that picks up to a faster pace towards its climax (this is no bad thing, not all thrillers need to be furiously paced and adrenaline fuelled in their entirety to be gripping). The ending will first have you holding your breath and then gasping in disbelief. The perfect read as the nights close in, claustrophobic and dark in places I will be highly recommend title to family and friends.
BRILLIANT!

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