Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Horror, NA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...'
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.
A thrilling rollercoaster of a story - read it with the lights on!(
I guess this just goes to show how much of a wimp I am. I nearly ran to my parent’s room because I could hear tiny creaking noises in the floorboard after reading a clearly not so scary scene for everyone else. I. Scare. Easily.
Tim thinks it’s a huge stroke of luck when he finds a not only dirt cheap, but also huge expensive house up for sale. However here’s the catch, he has to live with the owner of the house, Anna London. Anna is agoraphobic, meaning that she gets uncomfortable outside in crowds. She’s rather mysterious and freaked me out several times. Honestly, the crying and disappearing and to be said tragic history made me want to put the book down and back away from her as far as possible. I really liked Tim on the other hand. He is laid back and an average person just trying to live his life. He was generous towards Anna and tried to make her feel better about herself and aids Anna as we find out more about her ghastly past.
My main complaint with this novel was the pacing. Sure, it starts out swiftly, pushing us into the plot immediately however that’s where it lingers for the next 200 pages. The suspense was present, we have red paint on the wall, spiders in the bed (holy crap) and shadows looking over your bed. Nonetheless, we don’t know who or what is doing this and why it’s happening. Answers don’t appear until the very end, making it seem awfully rushed and too much to handle. Also, a little too much sex. I get that it’s NA, but it felt so unnecessary.
Overall, a satisfying read though a little too plain and monotonous in the middle.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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