Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green

Kerry Hammond is here to review a new-to-her author whose latest book had her mesmerized.

Cass Green is the author of the 2017 hit The Woman Next Door and has also written several young adult novels. Her latest book, In a Cottage in a Wood, was released in Trade Paperback on January 23 by Harper Collins. This was my first read by this author and I loved every minute of it.

Neve Carey’s life isn’t quite on track. She’s living with her sister and brother-in-law, doesn’t really love her job, and has recently broken up with her boyfriend but can’t seem to get past it. One night, as she’s heading home after a night out at a club, she comes across a young woman in a bridge. She’s annoyed at the chance encounter and then horrified as she sees the woman jump to her death. Afterwards she finds out that the woman has somehow left her a cottage in Cornwall. Neve sees it as a way to escape her downward spiraling life and start over. But when she arrives it’s nothing like the idyllic country cottage she imagined. Instead it’s a dark, unwelcoming building with bars on the windows and strange happenings in the woods. Neve is torn between getting away from the depressing place and staying long enough to figure out what is going on and why the woman on the bridge took her own life.

I was mesmerized by Neve’s story and I rarely get so invested in a character when I read a thriller. I watched her grow as a person as the book progressed, and when I turned the final page I found myself hoping that she would make it and get her life back on track. Green is a master storyteller and I clearly got lost in her tale. I was entertained until the very last page and really enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

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