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A House Full of Secrets: All she sees is the perfect man, but what is he hiding? Paperback – 1 Feb 2018
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All she sees is the perfect man - but what is he hiding?
An invitation to her friend Niall's childhood home sounds like an ideal opportunity for Vikki to get closer to her friend. But soon it becomes clear that all is not well with his family - and that Niall has been keeping a secret...
About the Author
Zoe Miller is married with three children. She lives in Dublin.
Her novels include A Question of Betrayal, Someone New, A Husband's Confession, The Compromise and A House Full of Secrets.
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Full of family affairs and secrets, the characters in A House Full of Secrets were truly believable. Each character came with a back story as well as some mystery and I really like this in a book, I get hooked in by characters and their lives and misdemeanours. It’s a great trick that some authors can pull off (some can’t) but Zoe Miller can certainly achieve this.
The crux of the story is all about Vikki being asked by her best friend Niall if she will accompany him back to Ireland to sort out some family affairs. Once there, her eyes are opened wide due to Niall’s family background and something happening years ago which has left a detrimental effect on the entire family. Unravelling in front of Vikki is a family history like no other reverberating and releasing memories and emotions of her own life which she had chosen to forget.
Overall, A House Full Of Secrets is definitely as the title suggests and I highly recommend, but I must warn you ... don’t expect to get any housework done, as once you open the first page, that’s you sitting there consumer until the final word on the final page.
A House Full of Secrets is mostly told from two points of view: Jenna, who is married to Alex, the eldest son of the glamorous Blake family, and Vikki, who is friends with the troubled youngest brother, Niall, but is hoping for a lot more, especially after he invites her to spend the weekend with his family. Twenty years ago Alex, Niall, and their sister Lainey were poised on the brink of glittering careers when their mother died and their world shattered. Alex ran away to New York, where he met Jenna, and Niall headed to London. Only Lainey stayed in Ireland. Alex and Niall have not spoken to each other since that summer but now they have been summoned back to the family home, Lynes Glen, and the tension is mounting by the minute.
I loved the characters, even the bossy Lainey, but I especially loved Jenna, who cannot understand why her husband Alex is so on edge and why the family never talk about the mother they obviously loved so much. I also loved Vikki, who had some horrific secrets in her own past, and the way she was trying so hard to fit in with the upper-class Blakes. And I always enjoy stories about big old houses that have a mystery at their heart!
Most of the story is set in the present day but there are some chapters set in the 1960s, showing how the siblings' parents met, right up to the 1990s when their mother died. I would have preferred it if there had been more of these set at regular intervals throughout the story, because there came a point towards the end of the book where the segments clustered together, detailing each character's take on exactly what had happened the day their mother died. But the negative for me was the villain, who became a bit pantomine-y towards the end, and I'm afraid I skipped the big confrontational scene.
Despite this, I really enjoyed A House Full of Secrets and I would definitely recommend it to fans of authors such as Lulu Taylor, Eve Chase (Black Rabbit Hall), and Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca).
Thank you to Zoe Miller, Hachette Books Ireland, and Netgalley for my copy of this book, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Seen from the perspective of several of the characters and going back also to the past, the tension builds up layer by layer as the reader tries to work out what actually happened on the fateful day of the mother's accident and who in the present is behind and orchestrating the sinister incidents that begin to occur. I enjoyed this book very much both in regard to the plotting and the characters involved. It is certainly something of a page turner as we reach the dramatic finale. The reader is always given just enough of an idea of what is going on but not the full picture. Although by a series of deductions I came to the correct suspect about half way through the book it was not until near the end that I understood why.
I certainly enjoyed this immensely and if you like the proverbial country house murder mystery then this should. be for you.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.
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