Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way-even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.


Wow, this is a gripping read. Had me hooked from start to finish. Told by two narrators, in short chapters. Maggie and Nina, live in the same house, but what links them? Nina hates Maggie, why?

Nina’s father, Alistair had left when Nina was a teenager. After this Nina had gone of the rails, drinking, having sex pregnant at 14 a child she lost, she then took up with a rock star, who she fell pregnant with at 15. When she went into premature labour Maggie was there for her, delivering the baby.

Maggie had loved Nina, she had tried to protect her over the years, now at 36, She still lives with Maggie, but two years earlier Nina had found out some secrets that she shouldn’t have found out. She is filled with anger and desperate for revenge. Punishment is the only thing she wants for Maggie, so she makes her a prisoner in their own home. Telling the neighbours that Maggie has taken ill and gone to live with her sister. The walls are soundproofed, and Maggie is shackled with chains, she has a meal with Nina in the dining room a couple of nights a week, but the rest of her life is spent looking out of the windows which have been barred so no one can see in but she can see out.

As the story unfolds, who is the most reliable narrator Maggie or Nina? A tense story, gradually building, with some shocking twists. I did guess a couple of things, but this didn’t distract from the story, which is brilliantly plotted, and written. How far will Nina go? So many lies and secrets are kept, but were they kept for the better?

This certainly gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me. I have recently purchased other books by this author and now look forward to reading them. Highly recommend this one.

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

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