THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE By Nuala Ellwood

SYNOPSIS

No matter where you run…. Hes never far behind

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe. But when a woman in the village comes to visit them, Lisa realises that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

MY REVIEW

A story that seems quite gothic and dark at times. Told in two timelines 2018 where Lisa has left her husband Mark with her three year old son Joe, staying at a friends house that is meant to be safe and secure. The other timeline is 2003 where a girl and her father live in the house on the lake. He is a soldier and raises his daughter in a very strict, harsh way.

Rowan Isle House is rundown and totally isolated in the wilds of Yorkshire. Miles away from the closest town.The house seems to have its own secrets and at times was very creepy and atmospheric. When Lisa arrives there with Joe she is shocked at the state the home is in, it seems more of a risk staying there than it is to not to, being isolated is good, but the isolation is also a threat. When a woman from the village comes to visit, Lisa realises they aren’t as safe as she thought they would be.

The girl knows the house, it’s her life despite it lacking certain things it’s what she has always known. Until she leaves, spreading her wings she then realised how claustrophobic the house was. But maybe not just the house, the only company she had was her father, with his control, he has PTSD, and the girl has to deal with those episodes. You want her to be ok, you want her to survive and live her life.

Lisa had also been controlled, but by her husband, being told you are useless for years on end, you begin to believe it. How can you survive if you truly believe what you have constantly had drummed into you for so long? So how can you even think of leaving? How can you survive? But can you survive if you stay? What damage would that do to your son? What can Lisa do to survive, when her past comes catching up with her?

But what connects the characters? there are some twists within the story, but it takes a while to come in to the story, I would have liked a slightly faster pace. This is at times a chilling read, with the setting of the old house. What secrets does Lisa hold? Everything slots in nicely at the end. But this book didn’t grab me as I had hoped it would. If you like a story with a creepy old house in it this may be for you. Expect a lot of atmosphere, but not much action.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Penguin for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


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