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Cottages in woods are, to me, inherently creepy, and being a fan of suspense and mysteries I was eager to get into In a Cottage in a Wood. Right away, I knew I was going to like this book. From the opening scene in a grungy strange motel room, to a pivotal icy midnight encounter between main character Neve and a mysterious stranger on the deserted Waterloo Bridge, the freezing Thames roaring below- I was hooked.
The plot follows Neve's life after she inherits this stranger's isolated, rundown cabin in the remote forests of Cornwall. The reader is taken on an enigmatic, slow-burn journey that is not a thrill ride, but more of a game of Pick-up sticks, where each stick is a secret Neve must unbury before she can come to terms with why she was chosen to be bequeathed with this Cottage. Neve wants to, needs to leave- the doors don't stay locked, the lights don't stay on, the winter chill reaches fingers inside like death- but despite the increasing feeling that someone or something badly wants her gone, Neve must solve this long buried mystery, with little help along the way, from people she isn't sure she can trust anymore.
Well-written, taut with chilly descriptions of the winter woods and stark imagery that feeds the reader's sense of atmosphere, this story grips from page one and doesn't let up. It's steady pace is perfect for the story, and the creep factor is top-tier but also believable, so this reader says, you have been duly warned! The narration is excellent and leant much believability to the the thoughts, feelings and actions of the characters. Well-done overall and highly recommended- a good read.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
If you are a thriller/murder mystery obsessive, like me, this might not be the book for you.
If you enjoy dramatic twist, shocking reveals, feeling genuinely scared, this is definitely not the book for you.
However, if you enjoy in depth character development, feeling confused, and slow moving (but beautifully told) stories, you have found your dream book!
The reason I didn’t give this book 1 star is because, even though it’s not what I would usually ever listen to, it actually kept me listening. The main character is intensely likable, the story itself isn’t bad, and I did really enjoy the performance.
The real downfall was the ending, while not bad, it wasn’t surprising and felt like somewhat of a cop out.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Such a frustrating book. It went on and on (and on- could have been two hours long) with a constantly annoying pathetic character. The plot was very obvious. I listened to the bitter end hoping, just hoping it would be different.... but it wasn’t. Don’t waste a credit like me- this was like a VERY long take a break story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
excellent narration and not a bad storyline but main character so very unlikeable and foulmouthed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful