I finished this book a few weeks ago, but can’t stop thinking about it. It really is one of those books that stay with you. I can’t believe I missed it when it was first released in 2012, but if you like a fast paged psychological thriller and haven’t had a look at this one, then I can recommend it.
Listen to this for a great premise – One winter’s afternoon, Sonia opens the door of her beautiful riverside home to fifteen-year-old Jez, the nephew of a family friend. He’s come to borrow some music. Sonia invites him in and soon decides that she isn’t going to let him leave.
How wonderful an idea is that?
When I read that on the book cover, I did wonder if it would really happen. Would Sonia, this middle-aged woman really keep a teenager in her house? Yes, she does.
For what reason does she keep the teenager in her house? Read the book. It’s a goodie.
I did worry that I might find the book a little slow with it being all about Sonia and Jez, but the writing keeps the tension and had me turning the pages as the chilling plot is gently told.
The book is also divided between narratives, something that I’m particularly interested in as that’s how my book is written, and Penny Hancock does it wonderfully. The character of Helen, Sonia’s friend, is written in third person, whereas Sonia’s chapters are written in first person. Both characters are exciting to read and I didn’t have that awful thing going on when you’re jumping ahead to chapters which are of the character you prefer. I loved them both.
The book is really chilling and the description of the River House, Sonia’s house right by the river Thames, is almost like another character in the book. It’s very atmospheric and gripping from start to finish.