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17 September 2021

Book Review: Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of  Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark ahead of the blog tour.


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How well do you know the woman next door?

When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.

Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems.

Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home?

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5 Word Review: Neighbours, mystery, chilling, secrets, rumours.

I feel like I should have guessed from the cover and the description, but wow this was dark. And I loved every moment.

I thought that Stina was pretty standoffish, and I have to admit that I didn't like her that much. But for me that lent itself so well to the story and for all I couldn't see myself being friend with her if she was real, I was so invested in her story.

The setting is exquisite. The small, claustrophobic village feels like it's bearing down on you as you read. It feels very isolated even despite (or because of) Mrs Barley next door. I was never quite sure of myself, and at times the narrator felt very much unreliable because of what she thought was happening, and yet I was utterly compelled to believe her at all times.

I thought that Whisper Cottage was so clever in how it built the atmosphere. It's slow and subtle, and all the more chilling for it, and it feels really Gothic. This book will keep you firmly in its grip, you will not be able to put it down, and the twists will absolutely take you by surprise. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat pretty much the whole time. I loved the mystery and how it was so slowly unravelled. It kept me guessing until the end.

Whisper Cottage took my by surprise, and I can't wait to read more by Anne Wyn Clark.

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Anne Wyn Clark lives in the UK, in the Midlands, with her husband, son and a feisty chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that...) and cake - and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions. She is passionate about animals and their welfare. Whilst she has enjoyed writing for many years, a love of all things gothic inspired her to try her hand at producing something dark and twisty, culminating in the haunting Whisper Cottage.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, wow! The way to described this book gave me chills! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing x

    Lynn |


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