In a Cottage in a Wood

Narrated by: Lisa Coleman, Helen Keeley
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (1,105 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the number one ebook best-selling author of The Woman Next Door.

Her dream home will become her worst nightmare....

A strange encounter.

Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve's hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift.

Two weeks later, as Neve's wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap - a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A twisted secret.

But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare - a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever....

©2017 Caroline Green (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"I was totally sucked into this book and barely put it down till I was finished - Neve is a brilliantly drawn character who you really care about, despite her chaotic life and disastrous decisions. A great read." (Louise Voss)
"Dark, gripping and totally compelling. A genuine page-turner." (Alex Lake, best-selling author of After Anna)
"I loved it; a dark, disturbing thriller that kept me guessing to the end." (Sam Hepburn, author of Her Perfect Life)

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Conflicted

If you are a thriller/murder mystery obsessive, like me, this might not be the book for you. If you enjoy dramatic twist, shocking reveals, feeling genuinely scared, this is definitely not the book for you. However, if you enjoy in depth character development, feeling confused, and slow moving (but beautifully told) stories, you have found your dream book! The reason I didn’t give this book 1 star is because, even though it’s not what I would usually ever listen to, it actually kept me listening. The main character is intensely likable, the story itself isn’t bad, and I did really enjoy the performance. The real downfall was the ending, while not bad, it wasn’t surprising and felt like somewhat of a cop out.

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Listen with a Light On!

Cottages in woods are, to me, inherently creepy, and being a fan of suspense and mysteries I was eager to get into In a Cottage in a Wood. Right away, I knew I was going to like this book. From the opening scene in a grungy strange motel room, to a pivotal icy midnight encounter between main character Neve and a mysterious stranger on the deserted Waterloo Bridge, the freezing Thames roaring below- I was hooked.

The plot follows Neve's life after she inherits this stranger's isolated, rundown cabin in the remote forests of Cornwall. The reader is taken on an enigmatic, slow-burn journey that is not a thrill ride, but more of a game of Pick-up sticks, where each stick is a secret Neve must unbury before she can come to terms with why she was chosen to be bequeathed with this Cottage. Neve wants to, needs to leave- the doors don't stay locked, the lights don't stay on, the winter chill reaches fingers inside like death- but despite the increasing feeling that someone or something badly wants her gone, Neve must solve this long buried mystery, with little help along the way, from people she isn't sure she can trust anymore.

Well-written, taut with chilly descriptions of the winter woods and stark imagery that feeds the reader's sense of atmosphere, this story grips from page one and doesn't let up. It's steady pace is perfect for the story, and the creep factor is top-tier but also believable, so this reader says, you have been duly warned! The narration is excellent and leant much believability to the the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters. Well-done overall and highly recommended- a good read.


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Be careful of reviews..watch out for spoilers!

I never evenyy read the blurb for this book so I had no clue as to any direction it may be heading and I’ve been doing that quite often especially with mystery books. I never was a mystery reader but have been tearing through them on jags. A great mystery novel is terrific fun or would this also be a psychological thriller? Whatever the genre IN A COTTAGE IN A WOOD was well done both the story and the excellent narration. Main character voice was spot on for what I would think she sounded like. That always makes the books THAT much better! I won’t give anything away and be careful of what reviews you read because you really don’t want to know ANYTHING of what’s going on. The smallest bit could spoil things.

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Different storyline, kept my interest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not exactly "edge of seat" but definitely interested

What about Lisa Coleman and Helen Keeley ’s performance did you like?

Good narrative voices, good differentiation between characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N\a

Any additional comments?

Better than the last several psychological thrillers I've listened to

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Wow!

This story was extremely suspenseful and had a whopper turn at the end! Very good book and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. She definitely knows how to keep you wide awake and on the edge of your seat!😬

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fun mystery

well read, fun mystery. lovely descriptions make for lasting memory of the story. this book worth the purchase.

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Awsome Listen!

Loved this book,it had me ignoring everyone in the house until the very end!! 5☆☆☆☆☆

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A true mystery

Firstly, this book caught me from the beginning and didn’t falter. I went from intrigued to invested and was eager to see what was coming next straight through to the end. The main character was very well written. I could relate to her flaws and found, some times, I wanted to shake my head and say ‘what were you thinking’ while always feeling empathy for this young woman. If this were a movie you could say it was very spooky and frightening without the cheap jump scares. Smart, suspenseful and well paced. Loved it! Secondly, the narration was superb! Very very well done. This is an audiobook I will happily listen to more than once.

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What a wonderful book

I loved everything about this book. The author is very talented and tells a story in the most perfect way. The story was gripping, suspenseful, and yet believable. Characters were engaging. The narrator is absolutely my favorite!!

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Very well written

I loved The Woman Next Door for its wit and ingenuity. While Cottage in a Wood doesn’t offer the same dark humor I enjoyed in Green’s previous book, the plot and characters were still engaging, believable and held enough surprises for me to regard this writer as a smart, reliably good mystery gal. This is not a thrill-a-minute book, but an intelligently written psychological mystery. If you don’t mind a slow burning plot, you’ll enjoy it.

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  • Katherine
  • 10-01-17

On and on... moaning pathetic character!

Such a frustrating book. It went on and on (and on- could have been two hours long) with a constantly annoying pathetic character. The plot was very obvious. I listened to the bitter end hoping, just hoping it would be different.... but it wasn’t. Don’t waste a credit like me- this was like a VERY long take a break story.

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  • 12-08-17

dog walker sussex

excellent narration and not a bad storyline but main character so very unlikeable and foulmouthed.

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  • dc
  • 10-30-17

Good and believable story, great narration

So far, my favourite narrators are Imogen Church and Lisa Coleman and Helen Keeley. Believable, they don't overstretch their abilities, no over the top whining or baby gurgling. Nice and easy accents. This was perfect for the characters in this book.

The story was simple and believable, no rollercoasters and bangs of bumps, simply a steady roll of entertainment all the way through. Very pleasant 8 hours and a few twists and turns. No over embellishing, and no far fetched ideas.

Looking for more like this.

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  • Jane
  • 01-18-18

A good story but could have been 5*

I thought it was a well written story, quite gripping at times but the main character's continual swearing got on my nerves and I thought it was unnecessary. However, overall, I enjoyed it.

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  • Yvonne
  • 09-14-20

GREAT LISTEN :)

I enjoyed the book, spooky at times. How this young woman's life changes and how she discovers things from the past :) Loved it.

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  • Crafty Lass
  • 07-24-20

Excellent

So good. I had a couple. Of nights where I had to force myself to switch it off. Not many books around keepe enthralled as this one did

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  • Lisa
  • 04-22-20

loved it

Excellent ending . kept me guessing till the end. Would definitely recommend this book .

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  • Bluenose
  • 01-21-20

Good book but anticlimactic

Good book performed well but slightly a predictable and anticlimactic ending. I would have preferred a bit more excitement but without giving too much away it was still fairly enjoyable.

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  • Reading.is.my.perfect.escape
  • 10-28-19

Just wow!!!!

My first audio book. And i couldn’t stop listening. A story with lots of twists and turns that kept me wanting more. I hope all the books i listen to from now on will be like this.

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  • Sasso
  • 07-10-19

Genuinely good storyline

I really enjoyed this book and was totally gripped by it. Some bits seemed a little bit slow in parts giving a lot of details about the cottage, but it’s all relevant. I did not see the twist coming, and I’m usually quite good at that!!! Thought the main character was brilliant, and really related to her. Listen to the whole thing over a couple of days because I just found myself making opportunities to listen.