A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer house sitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally in their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers – let alone invite them into your home – but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake …..


What an absolutely gripping read, I was engrossed from page one, and the story help my attention right the way through, whizzing through the pages.

Ruth and Adam are housesitting, for a couple they had met on a cruise. A house in Brooklyn, which needs some modernisation but has a cool juke box and a garden which is not something normally associated with houses in the area. Adam has even looked up how much it was worth $3 million. The owners had gone on a retreat.

Ruth is an aspiring actress, she has done an Indie film and is now rehearsing for a starring role for a play on Broadway. Adam is a failing writer. When a young woman Eden turns up at the house looking for the owners one rainy day, Ruth and Adam invite her in out of the rain, explaining the owners aren’t back until the Sunday, Eden claims to know them and that they have offered her a roof over her head if she is ever in the area. Adam and Ruth tell her she can stay. Would you? Is Eden who she says she is? How do they know they can trust her?

As the plot develops so does the tension, on the Friday night Eden brings home Japanese food and two bottles of Tequila and the threesome get drunk. But when Adam wakes up the next day with a very bad hangover or something more, he finds there is no sign of Ruth or Eden. Initially he believes Ruth has gone to rehearsals but increasingly gets worried when she doesn’t’ think return. When the house owners return Adam tells them the story, but it’s clear they don’t believe him.

Then things start happening, someone tries to run Adam down, who wants him gone? This is a tense story, with lots happening in each chapter. Twists and turns in every direction, just as you think you have the story worked out, something else throws you. Who is Gabriel? Is there a cult involved? What do they want with Ruth?

Despite owning other books by this author, I haven’t yet read them, but will be getting to them as soon as possible after this one. I would definitely highly recommend this. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. This is perfect for lovers of Psychological thrillers.

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

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