Length: 298 pages
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What they say: Hunters Moon, set in the little English village of Penlyn, promises to be the dream home for Flora and Adam McIntosh. Adam’s career in politics has taken a turn for the better and the only thing left to complete the couple’s happiness is a baby. Flora believes the new home will help her overcome a recent miscarriage but she soon realises the house is not all it seems. What are the villagers of Penlyn hiding and does Hunters Moon hold a dark secret? Flora soon finds herself entrapped in a web of deceit with no one to turn to. Her dream home becomes her nightmare as Flora fears for her life.
The Review: There are some authors that come up fairly regularly on this blog, and Lynda Renham is one that I can count on. I’ve bought a number of her books but am now regularly thrilled when a request to review an ARC comes into my inbox. You’ll remember that I reviewed and loved Remember me (read review here )and was sucked in and hoping that there was another thriller to come. Well here we are!
‘Professor Dorcas teaches philosophy. He likes to talk about errors of judgement … Henry Dorcas is a fine one to talk.’
So far so yay! We are thrust straight into what could be a dream or a premonition, with a man and woman waking up together, a threat and an incident that succeeds in keeping us hooked. In fact if there is anything this book does excellently, it’s to succeed in CONSTANTLY having us ready for something to happen, it really is perfection in this regard, and I didn’t want to leave it down for a second.
Flora and her husband, a politican who hopes to become Prime Minister ( I loved this element to it as we got some behind the scenes footage and he was away just enough to help the story too!!) are on the lookout for a house, and Hunters Moon, a large, grand gothic style house, is to be it. The house has a spooky aura to it, which wowed me straight away and comes complete with a cast of creepy neighbours, who wish to keep Penlyn out of the news following some incidents and their distaste for the last owner, a Hollywood actor that they didn’t approve of. We get hints as to why they didn’t approve, and I have to admit, there were scenes of a sexual nature which I found uncomfortable to read.
I won’t give too much away but basically there’s a constant air of creepiness, figures at windows, scents, that may or may not be paranormal. The characters were well done (although at times I got fed up of people telling Flora she needed to calm down and talking about her anxiety in a horribly patronising way) as are the events with their lavishness and glitz, but it is a read that will keep you in the gloom and dark predominantly, although Halloween is coming so that may be a good thing! There are constant mysteries and yet there is the odd snippet of humour to keep your head above water. The only problems I had with the book was that there were a few editing issues but this was an ARC so I would assume they are all ironed out and I have to admit to being disappointed with one of the twists at the very end, although that’s just because I’ve been coming up against it a lot recently in books.
To be honest neither of these things really mattered because the bit that stayed with me, the race to the finish so to speak, was done very very (very very!!!) well and I was beyond happy out. Special mention to a point of view put across near to the end that was perfection! All in all a book I will be recommending all over the place, I absolutely loved it!
Thanks so much to Andrew at Raucous Publishing and of course Ms. Renham herself for this book in return for an honest review.
About the author
Lynda Renham is famous for her romantic comedy novels. She has been called A Comedian in a Book, Chicklit Royalty and A Comic Genius. Her writing style has been likened to Sophie Kinsella but is refreshingly down to earth with characters that become your friends. Lynda is a prolific writer, blogger and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.
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