3 journalers for this copy...
Lucy can't take any more of her messy life and failing career. When the man she has a crush on offers her a live-in housekeeping job, it seems like an ideal escape route.
Both Nik and his lodger, Joe, are glad to have Lucy around. But what are they hiding from her? Why are they deleting her emails? And what are they doing for hours at a time in the locked basement?
Lucy suspects they are involved in supplying drugs and determines to find out more. But one night she is woken by a car screeching to a halt outside and a man's screams followed by a gunshot. Joe runs up to her room spattered with blood. She is only on the brink of realising that what they are up to is a lot darker and far, far worse than she imagined.
And she is about to be dragged right into it.
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I'll try and read this quickly and pass on, as you know we have a ready supply of book-a-holics here to help spread the word...
Lucy Kennicot may turn into the fallguy (fallgirl?) for a criminal gang, but her only real crimes are to be incredibly naïve, malleable, and dare I say, stupid! The glimpse into her family history (parent’s recent messy separation) doesn’t really explain how she falls so completely for the svengali figure Nik and the false security of a home, friends/lovers and a valued occupation...at any cost?
Kirsty Carse keeps the tension building consistently throughout the story as Lucy gets sucked into the dangerous world of psychopaths and misfits Nik and Joe, but, I was waiting for a little more of a dramatic ending or twist? The last few pages rush through the break-up of the operation and the trio, the trial and imprisonment, and, other than Lucy being drugged and a bit more background on Nik, it all feels a little unreal and incomplete.
I would not consider myself a fan of this genre...psychological horror/thriller(!)...but it is a very well written, emotionally-charged and controlled page-turner. Well done Kirsty :-)
Ps. one of the reasons that I had this book for so long was that my 14 yo daughter read it, and she really enjoyed it. She’s a big reader, a Poirot and a horror-film fan, so a good fit all round!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I took this along to today's Ipswich and Suffolk meet-up. There was some interest but I left before anyone nabbed it! Enjoy...:)
Then I read the first few pages, and found myself wanting to read more. So here I am, with another book added to my stack.
New authors deserve all support they can get, so I'm going to skip this to the top of the pile and read it on holiday, aged parents allowing.
I'll give you my honest thoughts once I've finished. Thanks for sharing your novel!
It's the story of a girl who hates both her life and her job, but finds herself offered another one, working for a man she's had her eye on for some time. Housekeeping for two bachelors in a country mansion, she's feels happy and fulfilled, even more so when she is invited to help the men in their business. Determined to keep her head in the sand, she successfully rationalises the strange activities she takes part in until she is taken fully into her employer's confidence. Their lives become so enmeshed that she finds herself unable to back out.
I was frequently irritated by the central character naivety, and wanted to know more of why she acted and thought as she did, but she was characterised well, a quality shared by the other two leads. The novel is smoothly written and pacily plotted, which is something that sadly does not apply to some of the published thrillers I've read recently.