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5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant, suspenseful and fast paced. Interesting and inventive plot.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2021
I really enjoyed the pace of this book, as well as the plot. It didn’t have any unnecessary “padding”, which is why I gave it five stars, just the plot, character development and storyline, all which unfolded at a quick and timely pace. The plot was inventive and one which I didn’t guess. There were a few different threads running at the same time in this story, all quite unbeknown to me until the end. I’d like to read more from this author.
3.0 out of 5 starsStarted out well but the end is a total letdown
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2021
At first I was quite pleased with this book, which I got for free. It's quite a page turner and I got sucked into the tale of the young couple stranded in a seaside town, in a rather sinister guesthouse. Neither of them is very likeable - and their is a suggestion of dark secrets in one person's background which really sucked me into the tale. The buildup is good - however the ending was very poor indeed - the resolution of the ghostly storyline reminded me of the cartoon series 'Scooby-Do', the 'dark' secrets one character is holding turn out to be pretty lame and worst of all - one plotline - concerning the Victorian family who drowned comes to absolutely nothing. Worth getting for free perhaps but I wouldn't advice anyone to fork out hard cash for it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2021
What a terrible start to Grace and Charles's honeymoon! After a perfect wedding on Valentine's Day, they are on the train to St Ives, determined to enjoy themselves despite a severe weather warning. The storm worsens and the journey is cut short by a huge oak tree coming down on the line. Luckily they are very close to the station for Saltwater, a pretty little fishing village. By coincidence this happens to be where Charles spent several summers as a child/teen. Another coincidence, the only guest house with any vacancies is The Anchorage which is where Charles actually stayed with his family on three separate occasions.
The setting and atmosphere are beautifully created by this author and I was glad I was sitting nice and cosy by the fire while reading this book. I have given this book just three stars because I expected it to be a psychological suspense but at times I felt it had more of a supernatural element. The pace was on the slow side until the final third of the book when it picked up but I felt a little cheated as all the loose ends where tied up in the final few chapters via a podcast and lengthy explanations by both Grace, Charles and a third person. Sadly I felt this spoilt the story as did having so many coincidences and a far-fetched ending.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2021
I enjoyed reading this ghost story with a twist. Very easy to read, not too many characters which was a bonus, and atmospheric in places. A quick to read book. The only flaw is the scattering of hyphenated words throughout the book that should not be hyphenated at all. I think that whoever copied this over onto Kindle version is not familiar with the English language at all. Here's an example of what I mean...not necessarily in the book but just an example. At-tendance. For-given. At-tic.