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An isolated cottage… After losing her job and boyfriend, Jan Hamlin is in desperate need of a fresh start. So she jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods.   A tap at the window… Very quickly though, things take a dark turn. At night, Jan hears strange noises, and faint taps at the window. Something, or someone, is out there.   A forest that h An isolated cottage… After losing her job and boyfriend, Jan Hamlin is in desperate need of a fresh start. So she jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods.   A tap at the window… Very quickly though, things take a dark turn. At night, Jan hears strange noises, and faint taps at the window. Something, or someone, is out there.   A forest that hides many secrets… Jan refuses to be scared off. But whoever is outside isn’t going away, and it soon becomes clear that the nightmare is only just beginning…


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An isolated cottage… After losing her job and boyfriend, Jan Hamlin is in desperate need of a fresh start. So she jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods.   A tap at the window… Very quickly though, things take a dark turn. At night, Jan hears strange noises, and faint taps at the window. Something, or someone, is out there.   A forest that h An isolated cottage… After losing her job and boyfriend, Jan Hamlin is in desperate need of a fresh start. So she jumps at the chance to rent a secluded cottage on the edge of Coleshaw Woods.   A tap at the window… Very quickly though, things take a dark turn. At night, Jan hears strange noises, and faint taps at the window. Something, or someone, is out there.   A forest that hides many secrets… Jan refuses to be scared off. But whoever is outside isn’t going away, and it soon becomes clear that the nightmare is only just beginning…

30 review for The Cottage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    It was a double whammy! Jan Hamlin lost her job, and then her boyfriend. Feeling a need for a fresh start, she rents a small isolated cottage on the edge of the woods. The rent was really low because she wil be there for 6 months only until the owner returns and she has to care for the owner's dog. She's pretty happy where she is .. except things she can't explain starting happening. First it's a tap on the window .... and strange noises outside. The dog goes crazy trying to get outside, so Jan k It was a double whammy! Jan Hamlin lost her job, and then her boyfriend. Feeling a need for a fresh start, she rents a small isolated cottage on the edge of the woods. The rent was really low because she wil be there for 6 months only until the owner returns and she has to care for the owner's dog. She's pretty happy where she is .. except things she can't explain starting happening. First it's a tap on the window .... and strange noises outside. The dog goes crazy trying to get outside, so Jan knows it's not just her imagination. Jan refuses to be scared off.. but whoever or whatever isn't going away. The forest is holding secrets ... and Jan finds the nightmare is only beginning. This is one of those books, once started, the reader will not want to put down. The atmosphere is dark .. with an isolated cottage set alongside a forest, devoid of light and full of shadows. Well written, the story line is positively full of many twists and turns that lead to an unexpected conclusion. Many thanks to the author / Harper 350 / Harper Collins / Netgalley for the suspenseful thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Schulman

    Well this was a hell of a book to read on Father’s Day

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Contemporary Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 8, 2021 In this story newly single and unemployed Jan Hamlin (29) and married couple Ian and Emma Jennings, who have been through their baby's stillbirth find their lives interwined in very strange way... I expected this story to be about Jan and the mystery about an isolated cottage at the edge of a wood. But then other sub-plots were introduced (Ian+Emma, detective) and I thought why I'm reading about them? What they have to Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Contemporary Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 8, 2021 In this story newly single and unemployed Jan Hamlin (29) and married couple Ian and Emma Jennings, who have been through their baby's stillbirth find their lives interwined in very strange way... I expected this story to be about Jan and the mystery about an isolated cottage at the edge of a wood. But then other sub-plots were introduced (Ian+Emma, detective) and I thought why I'm reading about them? What they have to do with the Cottage Jan rented?? It made more sense as the story progress and I realized where author heads with this story. It was pretty easy to work out some of the twist. Also I have to say that at times it sounded repetitive, unrealistic, too contrived, too difficult to buy into the story line. Some of the POVs felt unnecessary and more like fillers than of any importance. Some of the topics may be disturbing for some readers (view spoiler)[Miscarriage. Same-generation incest between half-siblings who genuinely did not know they were related. Couples who have used sperm donor may also find the topic of "fertility fraud" disturbing. (hide spoiler)] PS: Its odd that the main characters were called Jan/Ian. And why so many authors have started to name their heroines with gender-neutral names? What's wrong with Janet or Janice? Or is that some sort of new requirement now? If you want something more creepy but not too gruesome and spooky, then try Darcy Coates stories. I really enjoy her vivid writing style. You may also like Lock Every Door and Home Before Dark.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Hiatt

    Jan has just lost her job and her boyfriend. Desperate to get away from it all, she decides to rent a cabin in the woods. At first, she loves the isolation. It's just what she needed to clear her mind and find inspiration to start writing. But things soon turn ominous. It starts with strange noises then quickly escalates to trespassing. Is it just wildlife? Or is there someone out there in the woods...someone who knows she's alone? Intertwined with Jan's tale, is a story of a couple, Ian and Emm Jan has just lost her job and her boyfriend. Desperate to get away from it all, she decides to rent a cabin in the woods. At first, she loves the isolation. It's just what she needed to clear her mind and find inspiration to start writing. But things soon turn ominous. It starts with strange noises then quickly escalates to trespassing. Is it just wildlife? Or is there someone out there in the woods...someone who knows she's alone? Intertwined with Jan's tale, is a story of a couple, Ian and Emma, who have lost one baby during childbirth and just lost another during a home birth. This isn't just a case of a tragic stillbirth. There was something horribly wrong with both of their children, and Ian is determined to understand why. These seemingly unrelated stories intertwine themselves in an interesting way. However, for most of the book it does feel like two completely different stories and (just my opinion) they probably should have been because they didn't intersect in a meaningful way for me. I was much more invested in Ian and Emma's story. It was tragic, it was weird and it was suspenseful. With Jan's story, it had it's moments and gave me some creepy vibes for sure, but my attention did waiver during her chapters. This is a really unusual story. It's definitely a thriller, but it had a real horror movie feel to it. If I had to sum it up, I would say it was a mixture of The Strangers and Offspring. It was super creepy and unsettling, even if it was pretty predictable. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    I often goes into books rather blind, only reading the blurb so maybe it was wrong of pöme expecting another kind of story and being disappointed in what I got. Wanted a more scarier book and much more suspenseful. I was renting my own cottage when I listened to bits of this and wanted a more thrilling book but it didn't work for me. But it was my own fault for not researching the book more before. I often goes into books rather blind, only reading the blurb so maybe it was wrong of pöme expecting another kind of story and being disappointed in what I got. Wanted a more scarier book and much more suspenseful. I was renting my own cottage when I listened to bits of this and wanted a more thrilling book but it didn't work for me. But it was my own fault for not researching the book more before.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a creepy, though predictable, book, centered on Jan, who rents an isolated cottage in the woods after she loses both her job and her boyfriend. Shortly after moving in, Jan starts seeing and hearing things around the cottage at night. She asks for help but those around her aren't taking it seriously. Jan launches into her own investigation about what is going on. There are a couple side stories involved that are seemingly unrelated, but the author ties it all together. I figured out the This was a creepy, though predictable, book, centered on Jan, who rents an isolated cottage in the woods after she loses both her job and her boyfriend. Shortly after moving in, Jan starts seeing and hearing things around the cottage at night. She asks for help but those around her aren't taking it seriously. Jan launches into her own investigation about what is going on. There are a couple side stories involved that are seemingly unrelated, but the author ties it all together. I figured out the primary plot twist almost immediately, and though there were a couple other surprises, I still found the book to be predictable, as well as unrealistic. That being said, it definitely is creepy and the author does a great job of creating a haunting atmosphere. All in all, OK read but I wish there would have been more surprises. I thought the end was well done and walked away feeling satisfied. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I would personally summarize this novel as “some of the most one-dimensional characters in the world slowly figure out an obvious mystery in a book that is about 15% too long.” That said, the plot is compelling enough that you do want to find out how the mystery unravels and if it really is as straightforward as you think (spoiler: it is AND it isn’t!). Based loosely on some real-life events, with a slight twist to the science of genetics, the story does explore some interesting scenarios that m I would personally summarize this novel as “some of the most one-dimensional characters in the world slowly figure out an obvious mystery in a book that is about 15% too long.” That said, the plot is compelling enough that you do want to find out how the mystery unravels and if it really is as straightforward as you think (spoiler: it is AND it isn’t!). Based loosely on some real-life events, with a slight twist to the science of genetics, the story does explore some interesting scenarios that might come along when unscrupulous actors capitalize on advances in reproductive technology. While this wasn’t a five-star book for me, it was a compelling mystery that kept me reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Balthazarinblue

    Remember that movie with the orphan who was actually a short 30 year old with a stalker crush on the dad? I never thought I'd find a dumber-but-still-entertaining premise. This book goes to show: never say never. Everything about it hinges on all the characters being extraordinarily stupid. (view spoiler)[If anything, the neanderthal incest babies the midwife walks in the woods at midnight makes more sense than any decision anyone in this makes. (hide spoiler)] Remember that movie with the orphan who was actually a short 30 year old with a stalker crush on the dad? I never thought I'd find a dumber-but-still-entertaining premise. This book goes to show: never say never. Everything about it hinges on all the characters being extraordinarily stupid. (view spoiler)[If anything, the neanderthal incest babies the midwife walks in the woods at midnight makes more sense than any decision anyone in this makes. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    What I liked about this book is the spooked out vibe I got. Like something weird was up, and I didn't know how it all tied together, and it was getting weirder, building in suspense. Now, the big reveal was odd and I never would have suspected. It almost even pulled me out of the mood I was in. But then the author did one last turn to really mess with me! I liked it and felt like it was a great fall read, especially around Halloween. What I liked about this book is the spooked out vibe I got. Like something weird was up, and I didn't know how it all tied together, and it was getting weirder, building in suspense. Now, the big reveal was odd and I never would have suspected. It almost even pulled me out of the mood I was in. But then the author did one last turn to really mess with me! I liked it and felt like it was a great fall read, especially around Halloween.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annette Geiss

    Before the ending, I was enraptured. I could not put the book down. As I got to the end, I was disappointed. Some parts were very far fetched, and I will not elaborate, so as not to add spoilers. It was all too trite and implausible. I will still give it 3 stars because it kept my interest until the end. Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for this ARC

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    Brilliant book. Had me gripped from the very first page. Look forward to reading more by the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Cookster

    Rating: 3.8/5 It is not unusual for the marketing blurb to overpromise, but underdeliver. However, this is one of those fairly rare occasions when the official synopsis does the opposite and underplays the merits of the book. That said, it would also be fair to say that there are some significant elements of this story that rely on the reader being prepared to to suspend disbelief and allow the author some artistic licence. With that proviso, Lisa Stone has delivered a thoroughly engaging suspens Rating: 3.8/5 It is not unusual for the marketing blurb to overpromise, but underdeliver. However, this is one of those fairly rare occasions when the official synopsis does the opposite and underplays the merits of the book. That said, it would also be fair to say that there are some significant elements of this story that rely on the reader being prepared to to suspend disbelief and allow the author some artistic licence. With that proviso, Lisa Stone has delivered a thoroughly engaging suspense thriller that is also regularly thought-provoking. There are essentially two alternating strands to the narrative. In the one strand there is Jan Hamlin, a woman who has been through some troubling times and has decided to rent a secluded cottage while she tries to pull herself back together. The other relates to Ian & Emma Jennings, a young married couple desperate to start a family. The storylines of the two sets of protagonists appear to be entirely unrelated, though it will not be too much of a spoiler to suggest that the reader will anticipate them becoming relevant to one another at some point - because those are the rules and that is just how these things work! It is left to the skill of the writer to weave these strands together in a manner that is not just captivating, but also plausible and acceptable to the reader's sense of authenticity. In this instance Lisa Stone makes a pretty good job of it. Very often, the stories that draw the audience in most successfully and that create the most palpable tension are those that you can actually envisage happening in reality. That is certainly the case with "The Cottage". For the sake of avoiding spoilers I will not go into detail, just suffice to say that there are themes fundamental to this plot that are based on real-life happenings and, as such, are all the more disturbing. This one is well worth adding to your reading list.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Em*bedded-in-books*

    Worst book of the year . No background research . All medical data atrocious ... a phenomenon from medicine is borrowed and twisted and altered to ridiculous extents. Completed the book,perhaps I have a masochist tendency . Will not recommend this to anyone ever.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Curtis

    Wow. I’m really going to miss reading this book. Really got attached the the characters. Top read

  15. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    This one was…okay. While the book was a bit sluggish in pacing, I was interested enough to stay with it. I did find that I was a little disappointed by the reason behind everything – both because it was way too easy to figure out and because it was all so prosaic. I wanted something shocking and mysterious. I got…that. In addition, the book felt like it was about 20% too long, and it wasn’t that long of a book. I kept thinking it was finished and it just kept going on. I didn’t hate the book, but I This one was…okay. While the book was a bit sluggish in pacing, I was interested enough to stay with it. I did find that I was a little disappointed by the reason behind everything – both because it was way too easy to figure out and because it was all so prosaic. I wanted something shocking and mysterious. I got…that. In addition, the book felt like it was about 20% too long, and it wasn’t that long of a book. I kept thinking it was finished and it just kept going on. I didn’t hate the book, but I also won’t remember it next week. *ARC via Net Galley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    My first Lisa Stone book. It won't be my last. My first Lisa Stone book. It won't be my last.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roger Hyttinen

    The Cottage was quite an unusual book and not at all what I expected. It follows a woman named Jan Hamilin, who has just lost her job and broken up with her boyfriend. She decides to rent an isolated cottage in the woods for six months, giving herself a chance to regroup. However, when strange things start to happen (such as odd noises, glimpses of creatures who only come out at night, and random items appearing on her doorstep), she begins to wonder whether it was such a good idea, after all, t The Cottage was quite an unusual book and not at all what I expected. It follows a woman named Jan Hamilin, who has just lost her job and broken up with her boyfriend. She decides to rent an isolated cottage in the woods for six months, giving herself a chance to regroup. However, when strange things start to happen (such as odd noises, glimpses of creatures who only come out at night, and random items appearing on her doorstep), she begins to wonder whether it was such a good idea, after all, to be out in the woods all by herself. The tension in the story really amps up when the events escalate. What’s interesting about this novel is that the narrative alternates back and forth between Jan’s adventures in the woods and that of a devastated couple desperate to start a family whose recent child was a stillbirth. This was the second child that they’d lost that way, which leads to an investigation by the husband, Ian, with some startling results. There are indeed some deep, dark, dangerous secrets to be uncovered. Via the alternating points of view, the author gets us not only into the heads of her characters but also into their hearts. These two seemingly unrelated stories then begin to connect in an interesting and disturbing way, resulting in quite a jaw-dropping revelation. At this point, the book gets super creepy, especially as the two stories start to come together, and I was hooked. What I especially enjoyed about this unsettling story was that it turned out to be a completely different type of book than I thought it’d be. Though the premise was compelling and gripping, there was a definite “eeeewwww” factor to it, especially once we learn in the afterward that the story is based on actual events. That being said, the story deals with some heavy themes and topics, which I won’t mention so as not to give anything away. Let’s just say that though creepy, I found the story surprising, somewhat shocking, but ultimately enjoyable. There’s an ominous undercurrent of foreboding running beneath this unsettling tale, and it’s one of those books that once you start, you just have to keep on reading no matter how late it is… I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Creepy vibes? ✓ Mysterious? ✓ Thrilling ✓ Haunting? ✓ Suspenseful? ✓ Page-turning? ✓ A strong “ick” factor? ✓

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    Reading Stuff 'n' Things Having read and enjoyed a few of Lisa Stone's previous books, I was only too happy to read her latest and I was not disappointed. There are two strands to this book; the first is an intriguing story set in an isolated cottage at the edge of a wood. The main character, Jan, is not in a good place and needs a break away from a life that has spiralled down ... well she gets it but not in the way she would have hoped. The second, is the devastating story of Ian and Emma's loss Reading Stuff 'n' Things Having read and enjoyed a few of Lisa Stone's previous books, I was only too happy to read her latest and I was not disappointed. There are two strands to this book; the first is an intriguing story set in an isolated cottage at the edge of a wood. The main character, Jan, is not in a good place and needs a break away from a life that has spiralled down ... well she gets it but not in the way she would have hoped. The second, is the devastating story of Ian and Emma's loss of their baby and the repercussions of Ian's investigations as to why it has happened to them for a second time. How are these two strands connected ... if at all? Written at a steady pace with interesting characters, this is a book that will keep you reading to find out what happens. I admit that I worked out the twist quite early on but needed to keep reading to see how it all played out and, on the whole, it was very satisfying. My thanks go to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for my copy in return for an honest, unbiased and unedited review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I wanted to read The Cottage as from the synopsis I expected it to be a gripping thriller: an isolated cottage; strange noises in the night and a forest that hides secrets. In essence the book is two separate stories that intertwine throughout the novel. Jan has lots her job and split up with her partner so decides to rent Ivy Cottage, a secluded property in the woods. Ian and Emma Jennings are expecting a baby but things down go according to plan. The book takes you on a bit of a rollercoasters I wanted to read The Cottage as from the synopsis I expected it to be a gripping thriller: an isolated cottage; strange noises in the night and a forest that hides secrets. In essence the book is two separate stories that intertwine throughout the novel. Jan has lots her job and split up with her partner so decides to rent Ivy Cottage, a secluded property in the woods. Ian and Emma Jennings are expecting a baby but things down go according to plan. The book takes you on a bit of a rollercoasters but whilst the book was enjoyable, I found some parts were predictable and the book just didn’t grip me as I expected it to. Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins and the author for the chance to review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    3.5 to 4 stars. This was very easy to read, which I appreciated. The female protagonist house-sits a remote cottage (complete with cute dog) and all seems idyllic at first, but there are spooky goings-on at night. I found this section of the book comforting rather than scary. Maybe something to do with the writing style. The "twist" is something you will never guess! Then the story progressed beyond the big reveal, which is unusual for psychological thrillers. I had to rate this 4 stars, not for 3.5 to 4 stars. This was very easy to read, which I appreciated. The female protagonist house-sits a remote cottage (complete with cute dog) and all seems idyllic at first, but there are spooky goings-on at night. I found this section of the book comforting rather than scary. Maybe something to do with the writing style. The "twist" is something you will never guess! Then the story progressed beyond the big reveal, which is unusual for psychological thrillers. I had to rate this 4 stars, not for literary merit, but for my enjoyment factor, which was high.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    This was...really really weird and the description has like 30% to do with what the book is actually about. There are multiple plots going on simultaneously and it's a little, no a lot, crazy. DM me before you read this LOL This was...really really weird and the description has like 30% to do with what the book is actually about. There are multiple plots going on simultaneously and it's a little, no a lot, crazy. DM me before you read this LOL

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    I honestly didn't care for this book. The first half wasn't so bad, but it got worse farther into it. It wasn't creepy or scary it was just annoying and kind of weird. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley. I honestly didn't care for this book. The first half wasn't so bad, but it got worse farther into it. It wasn't creepy or scary it was just annoying and kind of weird. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Giorge Carter

    Loved the plot, not quite as the blurb/description had suggested but was full of twists and turns that kept you turning pages! Some parts were predicable however payoff was brilliant!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shona

    4.5⭐ This book had me hooked and I struggled to put it down but the ending just fell a little flat for me. Would recommend, it is fast paced and does have you wanting all the answers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Harding

    After reading the description of this book I was very surprised as it was not what I was expecting. It’s different from any book I’ve read but I throughly enjoyed it and it made me want to keep reading to find out what happened. I would definitely recommend this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    Rounded up to four ⭐️ but really 3.6 for me. It was an interesting story and characters, but it dragged on a little too much at the end - it had about 4-5 unnecessary chapters, in my opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Holly Strevens

    Oh my good god Well, what the hell have I just read?! At first it felt like reading 2 separate books, but then all of a sudden it just all pieced together! Absolutely worth reading this and the story was just not what I was expecting! It was brilliant.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miffy

    This isn't a great book. To sumarise as I'd rather close the chapter of my life that is this book and move on swiftly: The characters are basic, uninspiring and very stupid in this book. There is no horror element to this book, there are 0 scares and little suspense. You will likely figure out the book at about 1/4 way through, your assumption will seem absurb to you but... *With a heavy sigh* you're right. I fail to see the twists or turns, again what happened was fairly well expected to a degree. Th This isn't a great book. To sumarise as I'd rather close the chapter of my life that is this book and move on swiftly: The characters are basic, uninspiring and very stupid in this book. There is no horror element to this book, there are 0 scares and little suspense. You will likely figure out the book at about 1/4 way through, your assumption will seem absurb to you but... *With a heavy sigh* you're right. I fail to see the twists or turns, again what happened was fairly well expected to a degree. This is an easy read that you will fly through quickly and will be another notch on the yearly number of books read. It once again dissapointed me that a 'horror/psychological thriller' yet again failed to be anything even close. Other recommendations for books worthy of such a genre are welcome...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lewis

    3/5 Well this was an incredibly hard book to rate, at certain points it could have been all 5 ratings, but in the end, I settled for 3*. The adage goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”, well according to this book don’t judge one by its blurb either. If you want a scary book, about a lone woman in an eerie cottage on the cusp of potential doom, this isn’t it. I know I was disappointed at first as well. However, if you want a book to create mass intrigue and to take you on an absolute roller coa 3/5 Well this was an incredibly hard book to rate, at certain points it could have been all 5 ratings, but in the end, I settled for 3*. The adage goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”, well according to this book don’t judge one by its blurb either. If you want a scary book, about a lone woman in an eerie cottage on the cusp of potential doom, this isn’t it. I know I was disappointed at first as well. However, if you want a book to create mass intrigue and to take you on an absolute roller coaster, then do read this book. We follow a newly single, newly unemployed Jan Hamlin as she rents an isolated cottage that backs onto the sinister Coleshaw woods. It’s winter, it’s dark, it’s cold and she’s all alone beside the cottage’s owner’s dog Tinder. A few weeks into living there Tinder begins to act strangely just after nightfall, Jan thinks he can smell an intruder in the garden. She plots what to do, informing the owner and her friends, they all say it’s just foxes, but Jan knows it is not. The second people we follow are a young couple who after one miscarriage have tried for another baby. Ian and Emma Jennings want a home birth this time after their first baby brought them bad feelings towards hospitals. They have been assigned Anne Lamb as a midwife someone who specialises in home births and has a great track record or does she? This book is not what I expected, I was initially disappointed at that, but after reading a few chapters I must admit I was hooked. I really wanted to find out what was going on, and the only way to find out was to read on, so I did. The more I read the more came up, it was gripping, which for me is the best thing about this book by far. The story was soo different from things I’ve read, adding so much to the book than I originally thought possible. The style of writing is enjoyable, not spending too much time on characters or descriptions and not too little either, giving each account its desired effect on the reader. I found myself getting through the book reasonably quickly, as a slow reader I finished it within two days. But this book doesn’t come without its faults and in my opinion, some are major. For starters, some glaring continuity errors were just so lazily ignored it made certain parts hard to feel any emotion for. I know, not all books are supposed to be realistic, but at certain points in this one, too many coincidences happen that just seem out of reach. Not only that but certain things are just so easily missed by the characters you’d think they weren’t part of the story. Like I said the book is very different, but still I managed to figure out what was going on long before being told, however, I still enjoyed reading the real truths. Overall this book was more than expected but not quite as good as it could have been. It was soo close to a higher rating if only certain cliches and errors would have just been erased. I’m not sure why this is, but towards the end of the book, it just seems it’s laziness and the author was just happy to finish. Do read this book, it’s definitely worth the time as it does create a completely new realm of what you think is possible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    I thought I knew what was going on right from the beginning, but decided to keep going because I enjoyed then author’s voice. I’m glad I kept at it! Though I had some aspects figured out, there were further twists coming that I did not expect. And don’t worry, ***spoiler*** the dog is fine. NetGalley provided me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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