Thank you to HQ and the author for a signed proof of this book
which I received and read towards the end of 2020.
About the book
When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…
As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating, grisly secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.
Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbours are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…
The million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author B A Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in this powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.
What I thought
First – what an ending! I really enjoyed the last few chapters of this book. I have to admit I did find the whole book quite slow. For me the story just didn’t seem to be developing. I’d keep reading and reading and thinking well we don’t really know any more now (half way through) than we did more or less at the beginning of the book. But wow, the ending was certainly worth waiting for, I loved it.
Alice has left her own home out in the countryside and rented it out so that she can move to London into a swish gated community of luxury housing, sheltered from the bustle of London. She isn’t sure whether she’s doing the right thing but her boyfriend Leo works away a lot so they are only able to see each other at weekends. Since Alice works as a translator and is able to work from home, it was easy for her to move to London so that she could spend much more time with Leo and for them to really get to know each other.
It’s Leo who has sorted out the living accommodation and has bought the house in ‘The Circle’ without Alice even having seen it until it’s time for her to move in. She’s not there long before she begins to wonder if she’s made a big mistake. With revelations that the last couple to have lived there both came to rather a sticky end, it’s not long before Alice finds it difficult to even sleep in the house let alone live there. And why didn’t Leo tell her all this before he decided to buy it.
The neighbours seem to know far more than they’re letting on which makes Alice feel even more threatened. Suspicion and secrets abound and whenever Alice stays at the house she feels she’s being watched. For the most part, the story follows Alice trying to piece together what really happened to the previous occupiers of the house and who might have been responsible. She ends up suspecting and pointing the finger at more or less all her neighbours. However this is pretty much how the story goes most of the way through with the reader learning very little more until almost the end of the book.
All in all it wasn’t really fast-paced enough for me and I didn’t think there was a great deal of tension in the most part of the book. I don’t think any of the characters were particularly likeable and I did feel we were just going round in ever decreasing circles at times. But…for me, it did redeem itself in the end and I’m very glad I read it all.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
This book publishes today 15th April and is available in hardback and ebook format with the paperback being released later in the year. Available here on Amazon or buy from your local bookshop – they’re open now!
Once again thank you to the publisher HQ for an advance copy of the book