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The Attic Room by Linda Huber follows the dual-narrative of Claire and Nina, mother and daughter. Nina now resides on the Isle of Arran with her daughter and Claire has passed away. It is then, while battling her own grief and soothing her daughter's, that Claire receives the phone call beckoning her towards a house she has been left by a man who goes by the name of John Moore. The name means nothing to Nina which only unnerves her. Feeling that she has no choice but to set out and discover what's going on and why she's been left the house and by who, she does exactly that, and what she finds rocks her world to its very core.
Linda Huber writes fantastically, that much is clear. There was a real sense of uneasiness and foreboding within The Attic Room, and before anything even remotely shocking happened, I was steeling myself against whatever was about to come out of the shadows. As Nina arrives at the house she's inherited, she begins to gradually uncover parts of the past that make her realise she's more connected to the mysterious John Moore than she realised. There were so many secrets and revelations to be had in this novel. It was gripping, and each time something new rose to the surface of Nina's bubbling-pot of a past, I couldn't wait to see where it would take her in her discoveries.
I adored the structure of this novel. Linda not only kept me in the present day with Nina as she goes delves into the past but she also takes me back to the past to be alongside Nina's mother, Claire. Thoroughly enjoyable and much darker than I at first expected it to be, this switching back and forth, although not constant, captivated me. I was intrigued by Claire and what had happened back then, the consequences of her actions catching up with Nina in the present day. I felt completely involved in this story and when new characters and threatening presences began to step onto the scene, it only pulled me in further.
Linda's characters were brilliantly put together, especially Paul who came into the plot much later on. Nina's journey towards figuring out the past came to a head at one point and I couldn't get through the pages quick enough to reach that moment when everything would make sense. I felt that the novel lost a slight bit of pace when I began to near the end although it still had an impact on me. What Nina goes through, and her mother years beforehand for that matter, results in a dramatic ending which makes me eager for more from this author. It was certainly thrilling, that much is true, and the unravelling of the mystery within the pages and the truth about John Moore was shocking. When Nina's daughter was dragged into it, I sincerely hoped that she wouldn't be harmed and it added a family dynamic to the novel which was already so deeply-rooted within the plot itself. I feel that Sam should get a special mention here too, as he provided Nina with a sense of stability and strength throughout the story and I loved the bond that began to blossom between them as the book progressed.
Overall, I found The Attic Room by Linda Huber to be a riveting, captivating novel shrouded in dark mystery, halting revelations and twists leading me down paths I didn't see coming. With such well-developed characters, beautiful scenery that contrasted greatly with the grim plot and a whole history of things that should have been said but hadn't, I'm very happy that I picked up this book and will certainly be reading more from Linda Huber in the future. On that note, Becca's Books is awarding The Attic Room by Linda Huber with four of my bookish stars! A brilliant starting point for me with this author and I can't wait to pick up the next novel by Huber. I'm sure it shan't be too long!
But nothing is free in this life, and the more you get, the bigger the price, and the price Nina has to pay in terms of all what she holds dear is massive.
The atmosphere of the house, leaking it's evil memories of the past came through strongly and chilled me to the bones. Linda Huber knows about evil, knows about fear, and puts both of these elements to good use in her prose. If you are fan of the suspense and thriller genre cross over to the dark side and read Linda Huber.
Hard to put this book down. There is historical paedophilia in the background which I worried would put me off reading further, but Linda handled it really well and I was just anxious to see how everyone involved would cope and survive. The settings were wonderful, so much in my own much loved parts of Scotland. It's made me want to get back to Arran for a holiday! As this author often does the ending is great but the future is not totally spelled out. I'm off to buy another book by her!
Just weeks after her mother dies, Nina is told of another death, only this man is a stranger. A stranger who had left her his house, a large depressing building that might reveal a clue as to who he was, and why he knew her.
This was where the tension began to grow into a strangle hold, as the mysterious secrets begin to unfold.
Beautifully written and superbly plotted, I thoroughly enjoyed The Attic Room...
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THE ATTIC ROOM is fascinating story and a real page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. It deals with difficult issues, but there is enough love and hope to counter the darkness of this family’s history.
Nina’s mother, Claire, tried to protect her daughter, but shortly after her death, Nina will discover a dreadful family secret. As a result, her life and her daughter’s will be in danger.
You’ll enjoy this novel if you like to read psychological thrillers with a UK setting. It’s a fast paced and quick read.
I would do exactly what Nina does ..... go meet the lawyer and look at the house and ask how much money.
And what would you do if you found out this man was actually your father .... the man your mother told you died many, many years ago?
And while Nina is trying to come to grips with all the lies and family secrets she never knew about .... she receives an anonymous blackmail letter accusing her father of being a pedophile.
Along with her attorney, Sam, they try to locate any family members who may be able to shed some light on these accusations. But Nina has no doubts .. she has a memory of being in the attic room, along with a cousin, Paul, her father and Paul's father. She remembers screaming and Paul crying. Was she molested by her own father?
This book follows her investigation. She meets great-aunt Emily who seems to be a wonderful elderly lady living in a home. And then there's Paul .. an adult who remembers being molested for years. And Sam ... why is he never around when Nina receives threatening phone calls? Who can she trust?
I think there could have been more of a plot twist. It was easy to figure out who was doing what. But it was still an enjoyable read.