Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop of the Blog Tour for The House of Ashes By Stuart Neville and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Zaffre for the review copy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 03 02 2022
Price*: Kindle £7.19 (GBP)/ Hardback £14.90 (GBP)
Kindle $14.99 (USD)/Hardback $12.24 (USD)
Pages: ~ 464
My rating: Very close to amazing.
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What I learned from this book: Use your common sense and don’t trust people.
Description of the book: For Sara Keane, it was supposed to be a second chance. A new country. A new house. A new beginning with her husband Damien. Then came the knock on the door.
Elderly Mary Jackson can’t understand why Sara and her husband are living in her home. She remembers the fire, and the house burning down. But she also remembers the children. The children who need her, whom she must protect.
‘The children will find you,’ she tells Sara, because Mary knows she needs help too. Sara soon becomes obsessed with what happened in that house nearly sixty years ago – the tragic, bloody night her husband never intended for her to discover. And Mary – silent for six decades – is finally ready to tell her story . . .
How this book made me feel: I was very attracted by the cover of this book, the design looked scary but at the same time inviting. And I’m very glad that I surrendered to its temptation.
This book is told from multiple perspectives but the most prominent characters would be Mary and Sara. Sara is a very troubled woman, she is stuck in an abusive relationship and she suffers from mental health issues. After her suicide attempt, her husband takes her to Ireland, away from anyone she knew, to a house that her father in law bought for them. Soon she realises that this house has very dark secrets. Mary is telling the story from her childhood, her life with her three abusive daddies and two mummies that are kept as the slaves in the house. And it was Mary’s stories that kept me always intrigued, horrified and heartbroken at the same time. Other characters are also filled with sad and scary life stories, that kept me engrossed till the last page.
The narrative was constantly changing depending on the character and kept travelling between the present and the past. In the present, Sara is fighting her inner demons and trying to figure out the grim past of the house. I think the main story was told by Mary in this book, she told about her life, the people she was stuck in this house with, and the events that happened in the past, explaining why all this darkness is lurking everywhere. I really enjoyed how these two stories entwined and how the story developed through the pages. The plot is filled with twists and unexpected events and I really enjoyed it. This book has a very wide variety of topics discussed, such as controlling men, modern slavery, female mental and physical abuse, rape, mental health issues, ghosts, child abuse, murder and many more. I really liked the writing style of this story, it was dark, creative and kept me hooked. The chapters are quite short and this book was a quick read for me. I liked the ending of this novel, I think it rounded the story well.
So, to conclude, it was a great horror mystery book, filled with unfortunate characters that were extremely well developed and the plot that kept me guessing and absorbed. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who likes gory horror books, but I have to warn that this book is not suitable for sensitive readers. I hope you will read it and will love it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time! ❤
About the author: Stuart Neville’s debut novel, The Twelve (published in the US as The Ghosts of Belfast), won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was picked as one of the top crime novels of 2009 by both the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been shortlisted for various awards, including the MWA Edgar, CWA Dagger, Theakstons Old Peculier Novel of the Year, Barry, Macavity, Dilys awards, as well as the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. He has since published nine more critically acclaimed books, two of which were under the pen name Haylen Beck, as well as a short story collection, The Traveller and Other Stories.
Website: https://www.stuartneville.com/ Twitter: @stuartneville / Facebook: @stuartneville / Instagram: @stuartnevilleauthor
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