A slow burn mystery, the book spent the first half in laying down the foundations of the characters and their interpersonal dynamics. Natalie lived with a mother figure Mo, lawyer Nigel, and friend Daniel in different floors of the building, where Mark was their landlord, work-boss, and her boyfriend. Everyone seemed to have a sweet deal happening, but not all were innocent here. Each one of them was hiding a secret from their past.
My second book by Sarah Simpson, though I didn’t connect with the main character Natalie, I could understand her situation, where she was coming from. She had found her new family with these characters when her past was filled with abuse by the father who tried to kill her twice.
The story changed its pitch midway when notes and postcards started appearing in mail. Sarah’s writing caused the apprehension to build up, the confusion amongst the characters was great to read. Their secrets held the key to dealing with their past. But their safety was in knowing who was the snake of Eden.
The niggles stared earlier on with slow pace and paucity of emotions, along with definite lack of suspenseful atmosphere, but the final explosive end made up for it to a large extent. A fun, fast read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Aria, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Natalie spent most of her childhood feeling afraid. So when she moved into her cosy little flat in St Ives and met her three friendly neighbours, she knew at once it was somewhere she’d feel safe.
Before long, Natalie’s neighbours have become the family she never had. Kind, motherly Morwenna, serious, reliable Nigel, and sweet, anxious Daniel. They collect each other’s mail, water each other’s plants, and share each others lives.
But as Natalie knows all too well, the people who are closest to you can also be the most dangerous. And this house is not as safe as she thinks…
Publication Date: 6th June 2019
Oooo, another book about secrets. This one sounds good, but not sure about the slowness. Great review Shalini.
Thank you so much.. It was a good on e
I’ll come back and read your review soon … this is in my tbr, don’t like to be influenced, lol!
I understand… ❤️
Glad you enjoyed, Shalini!
Great review, Shalini! I am reading this one now!
Thank you so much. I am sure you would love it
A very fair review Shalini.
Thank you so much ❤️
Lovely review 💕
Thank you Lesley♥️
Too bad, sounds like a miss
Oooh you were in spam. It was a slow read of sorts
Great review, Shalini! 🙂 I don’t mind a slow-burn mystery but suspense is a must for me. So, seems like I won’t enjoy this book.
Fabulous review! I have never read anything from this author, but this one sounds intriguing!
My second book by her. It was good
You’d think a green door would look welcoming- not this one!
Great review, Shalini <3
Hahaha it was okay but a pretty slow book
all’s well that end’s well…unless it’s slow to get moving. not sure i could have hung in there…
I skimmed over thoughts which were not needed. I got to the end and it was a surprise
Seems to drip with suspense.
Quite a bit with the notes
There’s something about that cover that is so catchy, I guess it’s the door. This sounds like a good read, glad you enjoyed it despite the pacing being a bit slow.
It was a good read, could have been plotted faster
Very good review, Shalini! Not easy to do around abuse scenes. Michael
Correct. Thank you so much ❤️
:-)) Have a nice day, and a funny, sunny weekend. Michael
It is extremely hot humid here. I am exhausted. Have a great weekend
You too, Shalini! Have a ice cream and a sweet dream. 😉 Michael
Thank you ❤️ 😂
Great review, lovely! It can be so difficult for a book to get the right pacing, but I’m glad the second half made up for it!
It was quite fun ♥️