The Open House
By Sam Carrington
Rated: 5 stars *****
Unsettling, tense, but absolutely brilliant, The Open House is quite the thriller!
I was delighted to be part of the Cover Reveal and now I am delighted to have a quick review for you.
Thanks to Ellie Pilcher at Avon Books, Harper Collins, for an e-book and for the invite.
Follow on for the synopsis and review…
Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…
Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.
When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.
But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.
Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…
This is the first book I have read by Sam Carrington and it is just so good! It all seems innocent, a house for sale, what can be sinister about that? This – 13 people go inside and 12 leave.
It is an excellent hook of a prologue, tempting, teasing readers into what is the lie and secret and it is interesting reading about Amber and Barb, who are the main characters. Amber has the Open House and counts one less going back out at the end of the day. There is quite a tangled web with Richard, Nick and Carl.
There is a tension and curiosity that builds as time moves along, that turns into an uneasiness as there is someone who did not leave the house and may still be in. The writing creates suspense, especially as night falls.
There are thought-provoking, pointed sentences about keeping secrets, that add to the unsettling atmosphere, that in turn makes this a page-turner. It becomes more disturbing, even when the mysterious person who stayed on in the house, makes an appearance. It is spine-tingling all the way to the end.