Thursday 18 August 2022

Book Review: The Last House on the Cliff by Anne Wyn Clark

The Last House on the Cliff by Anne Wyn Clark book cover

AD* | A secluded island. A missing child. A home built on lies.

On the death of her aunt Gwyn, Lowri returns once more to Gwyn’s home on the remote island of Anglesey, Wales, with young daughter Ruby in tow. Lowri hadn’t seen her aunt in years, but this beautiful island offers a fresh start.

Yet right away, strange things begin to happen. Ruby insists an old woman is visiting her when no one else is watching, and a tattered old doll keeps being left for Ruby to find.

Then Ruby goes missing. Desperately seeking answers no one seems to have, Lowri looks to her dark family past for clues. But the secrets she uncovers suggest that Ruby is not the only one in danger, and time is running out – for both of them...

The Last House on the Cliff is a beautifully written, suspenseful story.

It's spooky and atmospheric, set against the backdrop of a large, crumbling old house. There are graveyards, missing belongings, and plenty of things that go bump in the night. Prepare for shivers up your spine!

The book is part mystery, part psychological thriller. The main character Lowri provides a great focus for the story. She is complex yet also relatable, and of course, there are plenty of skeletons hiding in the family closet, just waiting to be uncovered. As she spends more time at her Aunt Gwyn's foreboding Anglesey home, Lowri's childhood comes back to haunt her alongside plenty of new - and disturbing - discoveries. Lowri descends deeper into her own mind and it isn't long before she starts questioning everything she thought she knew about her childhood, her family, and even herself.

This is a well-paced story, with hooks in every chapter without giving too much away to the reader. There are plenty of twists and turns, and the book is bound to keep you guessing, so watch out for the red herrings. The ending was surprising and unexpected - I certainly didn't guess the big reveal! It's executed flawlessly.

The Last House on the Cliff would be a great book to read at Halloween, so make sure it's on your reading list this autumn!

Rating: 4 stars

The Last House on the Cliff 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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