A slow burn mystery, the book spent the first half in laying down the foundations of the characters and their interpersonal dynamics. Natalie lived with a mother figure Mo, lawyer Nigel, and friend Daniel in different floors of the building, where Mark was their landlord, work-boss, and her boyfriend. Everyone seemed to have a sweet deal happening, but not all were innocent here. Each one of them was hiding a secret from their past.
My second book by Sarah Simpson, though I didn’t connect with the main character Natalie, I could understand her situation, where she was coming from. She had found her new family with these characters when her past was filled with abuse by the father who tried to kill her twice.
The story changed its pitch midway when notes and postcards started appearing in mail. Sarah’s writing caused the apprehension to build up, the confusion amongst the characters was great to read. Their secrets held the key to dealing with their past. But their safety was in knowing who was the snake of Eden.
The niggles stared earlier on with slow pace and paucity of emotions, along with definite lack of suspenseful atmosphere, but the final explosive end made up for it to a large extent. A fun, fast read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Aria, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Natalie spent most of her childhood feeling afraid. So when she moved into her cosy little flat in St Ives and met her three friendly neighbours, she knew at once it was somewhere she’d feel safe.
Before long, Natalie’s neighbours have become the family she never had. Kind, motherly Morwenna, serious, reliable Nigel, and sweet, anxious Daniel. They collect each other’s mail, water each other’s plants, and share each others lives.
But as Natalie knows all too well, the people who are closest to you can also be the most dangerous. And this house is not as safe as she thinks…
Publication Date: 6th June 2019