A PLACE TO LIE By Rebecca Griffiths

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In a dark, dark wood

In summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their days in the sunlit village near the Forest if Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the first hide secrets that will bring their innocence to a distressing end and make this a summer they will never forget.

There was a dark, dark house

Years later, a shocking act of violence sends Joanna back to Witchwood. In her great aunt’s lonely and dilapidation cottage, she will attempt to unearth the secrets of that terrifying summer and come to terms with the haunting effects it has left on her life. But in her quest to find answers, who can she trust? And will she be able to survive the impending danger from those trying to bury the truth?



This is one of those reads I am in two minds over, maybe because it was written over the two time periods 1990 and the present, I’m not always keen on books that do this. However, that is just down to personal preference and no detriment to the book. Many others may like this way of a story being told especially when it involves two time periods.

Two sisters Joanne and Caroline in the summer of 1990. Something happened causing the two sisters to have a falling out, later Joanne had to go and identify her sisters body. Had she committed suicide? If so why?

Some of the story was a little slow paced for me, then other bits drew you in, with some parts completely throwing you off what really happened.

The two sisters were spending summer at their great aunts in the country. A chance to get away from town life, staying in a sleepy little village. The aunt seemed happy enough for the girls to do whatever they wanted for the most part. Giving them more freedom than they would have had in the town. Something clearly happened whilst they were staying at their great aunt Dora’s but what? And what impact did it have on the future?

Some of the characters are well written drawing you in. Great aunt Dora is a very colourful lady, and Mrs Hooper Joanne’s piano teacher, some of the other characters weren’t as convincing.

The main thing is what happened in 1990, the disappearance of a child and Caroline stirring up trouble in the village with her words that left life as they had known it in shreds. Joanne investigates the past to find out what happened all those years ago, trying to find out the truth. The pace gradually picking up leading to a big secret reveal at the end.

Overall this is a good read I give it 4 stars out of 5

Thank you to netgalley and Sphere for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.


Rebecca Griffiths grew up in rural mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to mid-Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their three vampiric cats as black as night, and pet sheep the six of sofas.

  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Publication date: 6 December 2018
  • Language:English
  • Book length: 400
  • ISBN-10: 0751561983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751561982

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