Release Date: 29th September 2017 / Publisher: HQ Digital
Format: Kindle / Pages: 358
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Devastated by the death of her husband, Annie Philips is shocked to discover she is pregnant with his unborn child. Hoping for a fresh start, she travels to a remote stone cottage in Anglesey, amidst the white-capped mountains of North Wales.
She settles in quickly, helped by her mysterious new neighbour, Peter. But everything changes when Annie discovers a small wooden box, inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. A box she was never supposed to find…
Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the cottage. And now she’s trapped. Can she escape the nightmare that she has awoken, or will the dark forces surrounding the house claim her life – and that of her baby?
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review. Also thank you to Rachel for organising the blog tour and finding me a space on it!
Annie is recently widowed. Just after her husband died she also found out that she was 5 weeks pregnant with his child. Needless to say the last few months for Annie have not been good ones. Her sister suggests a break and she has a friend, Peter who uses a holiday cottage on a farm in Wales. Annie agrees to go, with Peter giving her a lift there and her sister following in a few days. It’s a quaint little cottage situated on the farm of old Mr and Mrs Parry, but after a couple of nights there Annie soon begins to realise that she’s not the only one in the cottage.
What can I say about this book! From reading the blurb, I certainly didn’t expect it to be a paranormal book! I expected it to be a thriller and a bit creepy, but certainly not ghostly! I think if I had known it was going to be a ghost story, I may have not chosen it. I don’t mind a spooky tale, but some of them are a bit ‘far-fetched’! I’m glad to say I didn’t find this one like that at all. I loved this one, and to be honest, reading it on the weekend before Halloween just couldn’t have been more appropriate! I started this book this morning and have literally tore through it for the rest of the day (needless to say, not much else has been done!).
It’s not just a ghost story, it’s also a story of love and loss, and not just for Annie. A lot of the characters have their fair share of grief in some way throughout the group, and I have to admit I was reaching for the tissues in parts, particularly towards the end. With regards to the ghost part, it was a thoroughly creepy and spooky read, very much setting my nerves on edge throughout the whole book – if I could have read from behind a cushion I would have done! Perhaps Annie’s recent loss and her pregnancy has made her more susceptible to the spirits left behind, but she certainly uncovers a whole load of secrets that have been hidden for many years. There were lots of twists throughout the story which kept me gripped and the ending was particularly chilling! I’m hoping there will be a sequel to carry on the story of Annie’s new found psychic abilities.
A very much enjoyed read that was not only perfect for this time of year, but for all year round. I shall be sleeping with one eye open tonight!
E. A. Clark lives in the Midlands with her husband and son, plus a rather temperamental cat, a rabbit and a chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that …) and cake – and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions.
She has a penchant for visiting old graveyards and speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal has culminated in her first novel for adults, Lay Me to Rest. The setting is inspired by her love of Wales, owing to her father’s Celtic roots.