Monday 6 September 2021

Book Review: Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark

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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?

Whisper Cottage is a slow, creeping story packed full of suspense. With twists and turns a-plenty, there's something unexpected around every corner.

The main character is Stina - a young woman who has just moved to a picturesque village with her partner Jack. But from malicious gossip to things that go bump in the night, it isn't long before Stina begins to wonder if her new home is really all it first seemed. Amongst a sea of unfamiliar faces, her neighbour Mrs Barley quickly becomes a good and dependable friend. Of course, though, there is always that little voice niggling in the back of her mind...

This novel is defined by its sense of place. The vast majority of the story is set in just two homes - Stina and Jack's, and Mrs Barley's. This lends it an almost claustrophobic feel. Like its characters, the plot quickly begins to seem stifled and confined. It's excellently written and this really adds to the atmosphere of the book. 

At points spine-tingling, at others desperately sad, this is a novel that turns the emotion up to 11. With shocking twists and dramatic revelations, Whisper Cottage will keep you guessing right until the very end. 

Rating: 4 stars

Whisper Cottage is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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