Alice and her long-distance boyfriend Leo decide to take the plunge and move in together, and Leo has found the perfect house. A townhouse nestled in a small, gated community, close to all the London goings-on, and at a great price too! Alice will even be able to keep her country cottage that she’s so fond of. As the duo settle into their new home, Alice impulsively decides to invite her neighbors over for drinks via the local networking site, WhatsApp. While most are friendly and welcoming, she senses that one of the women is very reserved and doesn’t understand why.
Strange things then begin happening. Leo is awakened from sleep one night, convinced that someone was standing by the bed, looking at him. They search the home, but there’s no sign of an intruder. Alice learns accidently that one of the visitors to her home was not the neighbor he claimed to be. She is further astounded when he returns to the neighborhood days later and tells her who he is and why the interest – and what it was that happened in that very house a couple of years ago.
Horrified that Leo has kept information from her, she distances herself from the relationship, all the while becoming obsessed with the woman who lived in the house before them – a woman who happens to share her sister’s name. Who was she? What happened to her? And what aren’t her new neighbors telling her? As Alice attempts to delve into the past, her neighbors seem very uneasy and want her to leave the past where it belongs – which makes Alice even more determined to set things right.
But nothing is at is seems, and in trying to put the past to rest, Alice may just have re-awakened a monster…
All I can say is, wow!! I was caught right up in this novel from the first few pages, and I was just as captivated – and taken in – by the characters as Alice was. I was completely stunned by the end, and am still sitting here, saying, “Wait…what?”. I actually had to go back and read a few sections to see what I might have missed – or how I could re-interpret some passages. An enthralling read!! My first read from B.A. Paris, but most definitely not my last!
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