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The Woman in the Dark: A haunting, addictive thriller that you won't be able to put down Hardcover – 10 Jan. 2019
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- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751571520
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751571523
- Dimensions : 16 x 3.8 x 23.8 cm
- Publisher : Sphere (10 Jan. 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 861,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Read this brilliantly creepy thriller in one weekend because I couldn't put it down! So scary, pacy and compelling with a very clever twist. One I'm still thinking about now (Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of LAST SEEN ALIVE)
An intense tale of deceit, treachery and loss (SUN)
Creepy, atmospheric, and with a tangible sense of growing unease which powers a compelling story and keeps you turning the pages. Vanessa Savage is a name to watch and I can't wait to see what she writes next! (Amanda Jennings, bestselling author of THE CLIFF HOUSE)
A vivid portrait of buried tensions (DAILY MAIL)
LOVED The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage. Unputdownable thriller that I devoured in a couple of sittings (Laura Marshall, Sunday Times bestselling author of FRIEND REQUEST)
Claustrophobic and compelling (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
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The story was also implausible, but even if you swallow the basic plot, there were details that were wrong. For instance, Sarah applies for a passport for her 17-year-old stepson, which is impossible, as in the UK you can only get child passports for your offspring if they are under 16. But her stepson would not have been able to get a passport for himself either, as we are told he had no birth certificate. Facts like this are so easy to check on the internet.
I also find it weird to read books set in England that have Americanisms such as "snuck" and "mad at": they really jar. I think the swearing was excessive too.
Sarah and her family move to a decaying house on the Welsh coast that her husband, Patrick, grew up in and that he has always wanted to return to. It is also known as “the murder house” after a man killed an entire family there, after Patrick’s family had moved out.
Sarah has her own problems, depression, and a complex relationship with her late mother, so despite her misgivings she allows her husband to fulfil his dream of moving back to the house he had his seemingly idyllic childhood in.
You did kind of wonder why the husband, Patrick, was so insistent with this, the house was a dump, falling apart and it stretched them financially. Their teenaged children were obviously also not happy to be uprooted.
When they move in, Patrick becomes more and more controlling and his personality seems to change, or at least to get worse. It is not clear if this is due to Patrick’s personality or the malign influence of the house. Sarah’s teenage children are also unhappy, thinking the house is creepy.
There is a feeling of malignancy throughout the book, and it portrays very well the crumbling, creepy house that they are living in. As the house decays around them, mold, damp etc, it is hinted that there is something not quite right with the house, that it can never be a home.
I enjoyed the book but found Sarah a bit too passive and unquestioning throughout. Your relatively normal husband of 17 years suddenly wanting to take out a massive mortgage to buy a semi derelict house you can’t afford, where a grisly murder happened, to recreate his childhood home would normally set alarm bells ringing, but seemingly not for Sarah.
I thought it had undertones of The Shining- is it the house or the person that is the root of the problem? Despite the passivity of Sarah as all, literally, crumbles around her, it was an enjoyable read.
Sarah wafts through life agonising over every decision ,usually ending in indecision , repeating herself all the time, subjecting herself to Patrick’s increased bullying and controlling nature. She loves the children but the disfunctional family unit makes it a misery memoir. The book is too long and too repetitive. We never know what Patrick’s job is and where all the money went. It doesn’t ’ end happily but by that time I had stopped caring .
Patrick sees this as the perfect opportunity to make life even better for himself and manipulates Sarah into selling the family home to move into his childhood home by the sea.
Unfortunately for Sarah, the house Patrick has such wonderful memories of became known as the Murder House when the family who lived in the house after Patrick were all murdered there.
Patrick gets his own way and the family move, but it doesn't take long for personalities to change, odd feelings and cold spots within the house to be discovered and a mysterious person is seen watching the house on several occasions.
Its easy to see why many are saying this book is the 'must-read' thriller of 2019, spooky and twisted in many ways, this book keeps you guessing right to the bitter end.
Just enough chilling creepiness to not want to read in the dark, under the covers ... and thank goodness I haven't got a cellar ... but the pace quickens right to the final twist.
A terrific read, congratulations on a great debut novel. I can't wait to read the next one!