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The Forgotten Room

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Can the past ever be forgotten?
As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.
Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2017 by HQ Digital
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

An intriguing mystery and police procedural based around an old, gothic mansion and the secrets of the family who lives within its walls.

This was a deeply woven story with a large cast of characters. After a skull is found on the grounds of an old house and a massive drama unfolds, like dominos falling down - one suspicious death after another. And a nurse who has been called in to help is caught in directly in the middle. Who is responsible for all the crazy things that are happening?
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Maura Lyle had been going through some struggles in her life but she's determined to get back to her nursing career and her love of helping her patients. Maura had been contacted to take on a private care job at Essen Grange taking care of Gordon Henderson and when told she was asked for specifically she decides to take on the job. After arriving at Essen Grange however Maura begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into when she first glimpses the foreboding manor.

After arriving Maura f
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I knew right away that I wanted to read The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup. The blurb was interesting enough for me to know that this book would be something that would most likely suit me. Also, I've read the previous two books that Troup has written and they both were good. So, the question this time was would this one be just as good?

First I want to say that creepy old houses are a favorite thing for me and I was not disappointed. Right from the start does one get a feeling that something is wro
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
To me this sounded like a good gothic mystery to read during these cold nights. You have an old rambling house that seems to suck the soul right out you and it does. Maura accepts a nursing job taking care of its old dementia ridden resident. Not long after bones are discovered in the ground that once belonged to this resident. The question that’s in everybody’s mind is who they belonged to and how long have they been there. Maura starts feeling creeped out by the house and a few strange things ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maura Lyle is seconded to a nursing position at Essen Grange to care for elderly resident Gordon Henderson. Maura has recently suffered a bout of depression and this is her first job since recovering from her illness. From the very beginning she questions her decision, the home is quite derelict and creepy and strange occurrences begin immediately, it seems there is more to this house than meets the eye. Throw in some strange characters and you have a slow building mystery that gets better and b ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
As soon as Maura turns up at Essen Grange, I could feel myself mentally shouting at her to turn back around as I knew nothing good was going to come out of working there.

Essen Grange has to be the perfect setting for a story. A big house that is steeped with lies and mystery. It's one that I could easily visualise in my head and whilst it made for great reading, it certainly wasn't a place I would ever want to stay the night! Like Maura though, I was interested in the people that owned it as wel
Mandy White
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
What a messy tangled web of lies and deception that was! A creepy read where nobody is really who they appear to be and so many bad and sometimes creepy things continue to happen. Would not get me anywhere near that house! Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for a copy of this book to read and review
Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
I must admit that upon seeing this creepy cover, I just knew I had to choose this book to read. Creepy covers/mystery thrillers are my jam so I was more than happy to read and review this despite having read Ann Troup’s work before. As you can tell from the synopsis, we follow the story of Maura, a nurse dealing with depression after the death of her husband and betrayal of her sister but determined to carry on with life, she takes on the nursing job at the mysterious Essen Grange house despite ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Following a tumultuous and tragic time in her life, Maura Lyle takes on a private nursing job at Essen Grange, an old and ugly house that is hiding a multitude of secrets.

This is a dark book. It twists and turns and becomes a perfectly plotted web for all of the characters. The ending was tied up in the ideal way and was absolutely bone chilling. What a clever novel and how well done.
When you read the final words of the last chapter of the book and the words that come out of your mouth are OMG and WOW, you know you've just read a absolutely brilliant book, which is what happened to me with this book.

The story plot was so cleverly and intricately woven like a maze, taking you down lots of different routes which you thought would reveal the answer but in fact turned out to be yet another deadend.

There was a lot of characters to keep track of, figuring out what their part was
Monica Mac
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazingly intricate book with lots of different characters to keep track of and it kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire read.

Maura is a nurse and she takes on a private nursing job, looking after Gordon Henderson. She finds herself in a creepy house, working with Cheryl who is the cleaner/housekeeper, a woman who keeps many secrets. Cheryl isn't the only one, however. There are plenty more who are hanging onto secrets and some of those secrets turn out to be deadly.

I don't
Pamela Crane
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a life of struggle, Maura finds a nursing job at Essen Grange that seems like the perfect answer to her problems. But as with all horror stories, there are secrets and mysteries that will unearth a darkness Maura doesn’t expect. Maybe it isn’t so perfect after all…

As a thriller fan, I enjoyed the steady pacing, the foreboding mysteries, and the curious characters. It’s got all the ingredients I look for in a captivating book. I enjoyed the first-person accounts, giving deep insight into th
Karen Mace
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this at Halloween was the perfect time for me as it was quite a chilling story, full of intrigue, secrets from the past and set in the creepiest location to add to the compelling journey that the author takes us on!

I have loved the previous books from Ann Troup, so was super excited to start on this one and it hasn't disappointed in any way! I found it quite darker than her previous books but once more she sets the scene so well that you really feel you are amongst it all and adds to the
With thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Nurse Maura Lyle had been on sick leave with depression since the death of her ex-husband Richard. When Maura is offered a job as a private nurse on a personal recommendation she jumps at the chance to leave home for a while.

The job is to look after the elderly and infirm Gordon Henderson in his home Essen Grange. Gordon's cousin and carer Estelle Hall was in hospital after falling down stairs. Maura k
Heather Fitt
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I did wonder if I would really enjoy The Forgotten Room, the synopsis makes it sounds ever so creepy and I'm not always one for ghost stories. But every now and then I like to take myself out of my comfort zone and try something a but different. It's not as creepy as you might think at first and it's definitely a page turner - I could hardly put it down!

I particularly liked how some of the characters were written - none of them was particularly likeable, but sometimes it's nice to read a book li
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A chiller of a story set in a house of horrors. A dark story following the secrets that have gone on in a house that could have come straight from the set of a Stephen King film. It started off well but it might just have been me but I started to get a bit confused with the characters - possibly the number of them. Quite gruesome in places. Liked the narrative from the killer at the end of each chapter. This is my first book by this author and I will certainly be reading more. Thank you to the a ...more
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

I’m a big fan of Ann Troup’s work and was thrilled that she had a new novel coming out and I have to say this is by far my favourite of her three novels. From the opening lines I was hooked, pulled in and unsure if I was dealing with a ghost story or something far more sinister.

Maura Lyle is a mental health nurse who after a period of illness has returned to work and been given an agency job working for a private client in, what I guess you wo
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed books by Ann Troup before so I was keen to get hold of The Forgotten Room .. just take a look at that eerie cover. That sums up the story magnificently, this is a dark, creepy, mysterious book, fabulous for the looming darker evenings and Halloween approaching!
Nurse Maura has had her fair share of problems and in order to get away from her past she accepts a job caring for an elderly gent. Gordon Henderson has a bit of a reputation as a difficult patient but Maura takes
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can the past really be forgotten? Not is Ann Troup's new book "The Forgotten Room". This is a perfect book with a very intriguing and twisted ending when all dots are being connected at the end and just makes you WOW.

An old quote says - keep your friends close and your enemies closers. But how do you know who is really a friend and who is an enemy? And how far a person can go to get a revenge? Well, welcome to The Essen Grange, the house of horror. Buckle up your seatbelts, you're in for a wild
Marlene Egan
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I can’t finish this. It had promise but was too all over the place for me, and the writing is very awkward!

I finished it. Two stars
Madeline Gannon
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Too slow & wayyyyyy too friggin convoluted.
Kathrine Grey
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the Henderson House of Horrors

The Essen Grange is an old and ominous presence looming within a new suburban development. Ivy blocks the light of day from illuminating the festering secrets that lie within.

Maura is struggling to get her life together after the death of her ex-husband when she is offered a position as the carer for Gordon Henderson at the Grange. Gordon is a curmudgeonly old man, but not incapable of caring for himself. So why was Maura requested by name to be there?

Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc-reviews
From the opening few sentences of this book, I knew I was in for a good read. It starts by setting the scene at Essen Grange, a house that time has forgotten. It is a very creepy place with many rooms that have not been used in a long time.

Maura Lyle has just accepted a job to work at Essen Grange caring for Gordon Henderson, the elderly resident. Also, working with her is Cheryl the cleaner and Bob the odd job man. From the first night that Maura spends there, she finds it very spooky and stran
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't really like to give only a so-so review and I can see I'm in the minority here, but this wasn't really a book that grabbed me at all. I found it very hard to get into, as I personally found the first half quite slow. But that could have been just me, as I usually go for the fast-paced, non-stop-action thrillers, so that is sort of what I'm expecting when I pick up a book. But if you don't mind a slower, more reflexive pace, you would probably enjoy this book. It took me a long time to wa ...more
Vanessa Wild
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, I found this quite the page turner! It begins when a community nurse is sent to a creepy old house to look after an elderly man suffering from dementia. As with most old houses, it creaks and groans and has plenty of spooky corners. And as you would expect, the bodies and the odd skeleton keep piling up! It’s a house of secrets where no-one is who they seem, even the nurse.

Although the story is a dark and quite sinister one, it is written with a sense of humour. The similes abound! It’s ve
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Maura (a nurse) is personally requested for an in home care job looking after a frail old man she thinks this could be her second chance. However from the moment she arrives she has a gut feeling that something is wrong as she approaches the spooky old house.

Extremely creepy and mysterious everytime I thought I had it all figured out something else came up which made me change my mind and I couldn’t ever have imagined the end of the book. I love how the point of view changes from Maura’s
Lucy Hay
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Creepy Gothic-style mystery with an excellent sense of place and the author has a delightfully droll writer's voice that really added something for me. I liked the commentary on depression, mental health issues and misogyny which feels authentic, plus Maura herself is not your 'usual' female lead --- always a big point-scorer for me!! There's also some good gore that is not overly gratuitous. Plot-wise a lot of the exposition was 'backended' to the resolution, which is not to my tastes as it fel ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Susan Duthie
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This is a brilliant rollercoaster of a thriller. I found it needed to be read thoroughly as there are many twists and turns. Maura is offered a job as a live in nurse to look after a Gordon Henderson. He requires 24 hour care and Maura is tempted by the large cheque she receives in advance. The action begins as soon as she sets foot in Gordon's home with bodies turning up daily! Read on!
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was quite a lot of fun! I've never read Troup before...but I will read more of her work. What I thought was rather straightforward (though with delicious dialogue and local vernacular that put me firmly in that Another Place that all good books do) ... twisted and turned six ways to Sunday to quite an unexpected second half and several wonderful shocks.
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She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the house which they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. In a former incarnation she was psychiatric nurse, an experience that frequently informs her writing and which supplies a never-ending source of inspiration. You can ...more