4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Atmospheric and disturbing... gives Cuckoo a run for its money,
This review is from: Every Vow You Break (Paperback)
Julia Crouch's first novel, Cuckoo, was one of my favourite books of last year, and I was delighted to find that her second novel lived up to my high expectations. Although the setting is different (rural upstate New York rather than the UK), Crouch creates the same breathless, panicky sense of claustrophobia as in Cuckoo, as her heroine becomes more and more deeply entangled in a web of deceit and psychological trickery. Lara is an interesting main character - although she has her faults, I could sympathise with how fed up she is with the repulsive (but cleverly drawn) Marcus. The powerful feelings which sweep over her once she sees Stephen again lead to a strong build up of sexual tension between the two characters. However, it's not as straightforward as that, and Lara's newly-rediscovered infatution with Stephen ties in with the weird and creepy events which have beset the Wayland family ever since they arrived in the musty old house in upstate New York, which smells (literally, it turns out) of death. The sense of tension which simmers throughout, along with the pervasive danger which seems to hover over the family, not to mention Lara and Stephen's thwarted relationship (and the dark relationship between Lara's teenaged twins, Bella and Olly) all build up to a shocking and disturbing climax. I'm looking forward to Crouch's next novel.