Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for….
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…
This is one of those books that you just cannot put down once you start it. It has you guessing and then guessing again. Each character you are wondering if it’s them that has committed the murder.
Natalie is an instagrammer with a large following she is married to Mike, through her IG they have been able to move to a new house but as they are unpacking Natalie realises that a poetry book she had given Mike the day he proposed has gone missing. Then she posts on her IG account that she will be offline for a while. But she tells no one where she is going not even Mike.
There’s a camera placed in the bedroom and a shadow in the corner, with a knife there is stabbing. Is the killer male or female? All dressed in black. Who is dead?
Natalie goes to a tiny remote part of Ireland to Shanamore cottages. Where she is greeted by the very strange and unfriendly Andrew, she is hoping to be given cottage 6 but why? Andrew takes her to cottage 6 but he has forgotten to put the heating on, he has forgotten her welcome basket and he is hardly the friendly person you want to show you to your accomodation. Natalie is tired it’s been a long journey. She looks around the cottage which seems a little creepy with its huge back windows with no curtains. But why has she gone there? What led her there in particular and what is she looking for?
Audrey is a reporter on an online newspaper on the entertainment section, which is not where she wants to be. She wants to be reporting proper news. But then she is asked to go look into the disappearance of IG Natalie. Who has been missing a week but her husband didn’t report it why? Audrey is hot on the trail, she visits Mike but in the middle of asking him questions she is asked to leave by the Gardai. She receives an email from someone named Orla who says she has seen Natalie and she is staying at Shanamore Cottages. Audrey drives there and is put in room 6 at Shanamore what is so special here? Is Orla hiding something?
Richard is a local in the remote village, his nickname isIcky Ricky! Why? Despite the fact he is weird. He was looking through the large downstairs window at Natalie, scaring her, but then said he didn’t realise anyone was staying there and he was there to mend the microwave but was he? He sees Natalie later walking along the beach, he tries to talk to her but she is not interested, he persists, offers her a lift she is still not interested.
Jennifer is she having an affair with Mike? Is she delusional? Is she obsessed with Natalie? Is she a murderer? Who is Jennifer? Is she the woman Natalie has seen with the dark sunglasses?
Mike is married to Natalie, why didn’t he report her missing? Why wait a week? Is he having an affair? Why is there a credit card transaction for six hundred and thirty two euros on his statement?
Seanie has just become the local gardai at Shanamore where he used to go most summers with his sister Aoife. What happened to his sister years earlier? Is Seanie there for revenge? OT is it a coincidence he’s gone to this posting?
Andrew is the caretaker of Shanamore Cottages but he likes young girls. He watches his guest in her bedroom? Is he dangerous? Could he commit murder? Who was the woman looking from his bedroom window?
Who is the murderer? Why?
This book has so many strange characters in it and the timeline goes back and forth which at times I found confusing, but the story is so driven, each time you think you have something another thing happens to think no maybe you were wrong. It’s like Natalie is living in a fishbowl posting everything in her life. When she leaves a message to say she is having a break everyone spots a pink suitcase near the front door and are asking where she got it from.
I loved this book, the characters were mostly creepy they had one flaw or another, but it was edge of your seat tension all the way through. Right until the end. I just had to keep turning the pages. My only thing as I have said earlier the timeline back and forth I found a little confusing so to a certain extent I stopped relying on it and just read the book and worked it out from that.
If you like a really good psychological thriller I highly recommend this it certainly gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. Gripping and entertaining. I would have needed curtains at the full length windows in the lounge of the cottage or I would have been jumping at my own shadow.
Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Her debut novel Distress Signals was published by Corvus in 2016 while Catherine was studying English literature at Trinity College Dublin. It went on to be shortlisted for both the IBA Books Are My Bag Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger. Her second novel, The Liar’s Girl, was published to critical acclaim in 2018. She is currently based in Dublin.