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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

"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)
"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)

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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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The ending...?

This was a pretty good story, although the ending was anti-climatic. I was expecting a little more excitement.

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  • Tammy
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 10-10-17

Great suspense!

Lots of twists and turns as the story unfolded. Really kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Very good listen!

I enjoyed the main character. She was very relatable and lovable even through her flaws. The story was interesting and, at times, very sad. Cruelty comes in all different shades and isn't always overt. Worth a listen!

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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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So much promise

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The premise was so good but it went nowhere fast. Very disappointed that the story didn't get developed further. For me it fell flat. The first quarter held a lot of promise and then it was just not very interesting. Disappointing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • winterof78
  • 10-15-17

Great story kept me listening.

The author seems to over estimate the power consumption of a simple radio. lol

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  • L B.
  • 10-06-17

excellent totally unpredictable.

stayed with me for ages. characters were so real. . would make a good film.
Love to listen to more of the same.

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