HarperCollins | September 2018 | 416 pgs
Source: Library

Elle Fielding has made her name through the success of her debut novel. Now facing the stress of writing her second book as compelling as her first, she decides that she needs some inspiration and go for a writers retreat while she rents her clifftop house out on Airbnb so she'd earn some money; after all she spent an amount remodelling the house. 

However, when she comes home she is shocked to find shattered pieces of her paperweight in her locked writing room. The house doesn't seem right to her either and her suspect immediately turns to the family who rented her house. But her friends think otherwise; they all think that Elle is under stress and that it's all in her head. Elle admits to herself that her second book does make her stressed and anxious, but it couldn't be her creative mind playing with her, could it? 

Talk about a page-turner; this book really got me captivated from the beginning till the end. Elle fits the mould of an unreliable character beautifully; half the time I was questioning myself if I could believe her. There are also enough red herrings which had me thinking otherwise so that's what made this such an addicting read. There are also a few aspects which intrigued me - such as the insider look of a publishing author's life as well as the ups and downs of renting out your house on Airbnb. 

I know my blurb and my thoughts may be vague but this is one book which you should go in as "blind" as possible. This was a refreshing and a well-crafted psychological thriller which had me thinking with that clever ending. Recommended. 

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6 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    This one sounds suspenseful! And I always love when the main character is a writer. :)

  2. Melody Says:

    Lark - I really enjoyed this one. Now I'm curious of her other books. And I love it that the character is a writer, too. :)

  3. jenclair Says:

    It does sound suspenseful! I'll keep an eye out for this author. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I hope you'll enjoy it if you get to it. :)

  5. The Bookworm Says:

    This sounds like a great thriller, I like the writers retreat setting. Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Melody Says:

    Naida - I like reading books with writers as their characters. And this one was a winner in every sense.

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