The Woman in the Dark
A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us - perfect for fans of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.
For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah's mother dies, it sends Sarah into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the beachside house he...more
The Woman in the Dark has quite the sinister character here with the once beautiful victorian house that no longer holds beauty but creepiness. Now known as the Murder House, the creepiness to the house leans more to horror at times. I loved the Murder House and everything about it; however, the characters here were not as strong as the house was.
I enjoyed the pace of the story and found it very entertaining. I flew through this one quite fast, and I needed to know what went on and is ...more
Welcome to the Murder House
Everything starts with that letter, the letter Sarah’s husband (Patrick) received about his childhood’s house. The beautiful Victorian house he grew up in, he saw happy memories but he wasn’t the one who imagined blood on the walls or whispering ghosts... That fairytale house fifteen years ago became the House of Horrors, The Murder House. Fifteen years ago the family living in there were stabbed to death, butchered, ripped apart by a madman. Now Patrick want ...more
Compelling writing and continuous tension ensured that I was riveted to the story for the entirety of the book. A debut domestic thriller that reads like the work of a much more experienced author.
A thriller chock-full of lies, secrets, family dysfunction, and menace.
The Welsh seaside setting, the macabre house, and the protagonist, Sarah, all combined to make this novel one of my favourite reads this year!
It was an addictive, unnerving read, with “The Murder House” taking on a presence of its own – the idea that places of violence hold onto that violence gives this oft told tale an extra, intriguing layer.
In a family full of secrets, the story plays out in pacy and thought provoking style, as Sarah fights her inner demons in an effort to protect that family – it i ...more
When Patrick sees that his childhood home is up for sale, Patrick and Sarah—along with their teenagers Joe and Mia—move away from their quaint town to the seaside town where Patrick grew up. But Sarah is hesitant about moving because 15-years earlier, a family was ...more
This is about a family who moves back into the father's childhood home, which just so happened to be the scene of a triple homicide, and all that entails.
What killed this for me is the absolute passivity of the mother (the MC). I just couldn't with her. I wanted to throw this book half way through it. You couldn't even call her stupid, because she acknowledges this ...more
In the lead up to Halloween and with Autumn having the perfect atmosphere, this was a suitable and thrilling read that kept me in suspense and curious for the full length of the novel.
Without giving any spoilers, I did have my suspicions regarding the involvement of one character in the story but I didn't know how or if that character would be involved. Can I be any more vague? No. But as always, I think it's best to go into these kinds of stories with as little to no information as po ...more
He sees the beautiful Victorian house he grew up in, with its pitched roof and gabled ends---a fairy-tale house before it became the county House of Horrors. He sees happy memories of a childhood lived by the sea. He doesn't imagine blood on the walls or whispering ghosts. He doesn't see the Murder House, but I do.
Sarah grew up with a mother who suffered fro ...more
It's a story of abuse, mental illness, secrecy, pain....yet it was so well written. I believe it was the author's debut novel and I will definitely be looking out for her next book. ...more
Unfortunately, I was let down somewhere in the middle of the novel when I realized they were really going to play out two of my least favorite tropes; the manipulative bastard trope and the mysterious dead baby.
I don't mind when the husband/boyfriend/lover is a manipulative bastard as long as the main character dealing with the bullshit grows in ...more
The writing was fine, it got straight to the point and it did its job. I feel like this narrative did a lot of telling and no s ...more
There is only one draw back. The family that lived there after Patrick’s family moved ...more
I loved this book until the last 50 pages. It started out strong and the suspense built throughout the story. But, like many writers, Savage didn't deliver at the end. What a disappointment!
Sarah and Patrick buy a Victorian mansion by the sea in a little village in Wales. The house has a history and is known by the locals as The Murder House. Fifteen years earlier, the family residing there was murdered. But Patrick used to live there as a child and believes that ...more
The Woman in the Dark is a good dark thriller with horror tones. I loved hearing about the house and seeing everything unravel! I wish that it would have ended up being a little bit more sinister in the end, but I still had so much fun reading it.
I figured out some stuff in advance, but it didn't lessen my enjoyment. I was captivated the entire way through the story. I don't want to give away anything, so I'm not going to s ...more
This book was one for the ages! I liked Sarah but at times she was so weak. Not because she tried to commit suicide it’s because she let her husband and kids run not walk all over her throughout this book. Yes, she messed up but can ...more