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’Spooky and absorbing. I was gripped from the first page!’ CASS GREEN

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths

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Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published November 29th 2018 by Avon
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Michelle
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
There’s a stranger in your home…

A haunting and twisty story about the lies we tell those closest to us, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Cass Green.

Would you like to hear a story about two little girls who did something bad?

We're asking you to be brave and request this book without knowing the title or the plot. If you're approved, you'll get to read a brand new psychological thriller and we ask that you keep everything secret until Halloween 2018 when we'll reveal all...


Now that is clever ma
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Pauline
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Cuckoo by Sophie Draper is a creepy psychological thriller that had me hooked.
After the death of her stepmother Caro returns to her childhood home to work on her paintings and clear out the house to be sold. While she is there she has recurring nightmares of her childhood and there are creepy things happening at the house.
Could the place be haunted or is Caro losing her mind? This story was slow building and atmospheric, a perfect read for Halloween.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Avon B
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Jayme
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This was the book that we had to keep a secret till Halloween...unfortunately for me, the marketing ploy was better than the book...which is called Cuckoo (on Netgalley)

Caro returns to her childhood home after the death of her stepmother, Elizabeth. Recently separated from a boyfriend, she decides to take on the task of clearing out the house as she waits for the estate to clear probate, as it will give her a place to stay, and a fresh start. After all, as an illustrator, she can work from a
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Carrie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Cuckoo by Sophie Draper is the thriller that started off as Can You Keep a Secret? for early reviewers with a bit of a twist to the marketing campaign. It also seems to now be listed under Cuckoo and The Stranger in Our Home so I’m not totally sure what the final title for this one will be, perhaps the differences are for different locations.

Anyway, the story centers around Caro who was raised by her stepmother, Elizabeth, in Derbyshire but left home as soon as she could. Caro hadn’t really kept
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Louise Wilson
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
When her stepmother Elizabeth dies, Caro returns to her childhood home. The farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship. But going through Elizabeth's belongings stirs up bad memories that Caro would prefer that they had stayed buried. Especially the story about two little girls and the terrible things they did. But since her arrival at the family home, strange things have happening. When she goes to the town everyone seems to snub her. There are several things that Caro has erased from her ...more
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I loved the book for the first quarter or so - I felt like the author did a great job setting the stage, and making the book atmospheric. I was intrigued about the odd occurrences that were happening at the house Caro was staying at, and was looking forward to getting some answers.

That said, after the first 25%, I felt like things got really slow. There were pages spent describing a small detail of the house or town, and I found myself struggling to pay attention to those sections - I wanted th
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Lou
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuckoo, predominantly a work of psychological suspense that also has a fairytale vibe to add intrigue, is a work I admire as any author who attempts to pen a unique novel rather than using the same tired templates is on the path to a possible bestseller. An atmospheric, gothic mystery with plenty of surprises to entertain readers, Draper does a fantastic job of making the story chilling and provides many heart-stopping moments. Haunting with mesmerising description of the rural Derbyshire area, ...more
Juli
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When her stepmother unexpectedly dies, Caro comes "home'' to the farmhouse she grew up in. Flooded with bad memories and strange blank spaces in her recollections, Caro hates the house but longs for a chance to have a fresh start. She's both excited and scared when her sister tells her that she's going to turn the house and the rest of the inheritance over to her. Stephanie says she wants nothing to do with any of it. The minute Caro moves in strange things start to happen and Caro wonders if sh ...more
Gary
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this novel with no knowledge of either the book or the author but what a great surprise. Loved the book and I found it completely absorbing. This psychological thriller was given to me to read with the condition that I don't review until Halloween, so I will post a full review then.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Avon Books UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Judy
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
How could I resist? When I requested this book it had no title, no author, no cover and no descriptive blurb - it just said Can You Keep a Secret? A secret book - how fun! Then once I received the galley I was instructed to go ahead and read it but not to talk about it anywhere until Halloween. I was even more intrigued and excited. Definitely a good piece of marketing!

Let me tell you I was not disappointed. This was a really good psychological thriller that drew you in, kept you hooked and kept
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Brandy
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Have you been bad enough? Caro knows how to be bad. But is she bad enough?

Can You Keep A Secret is a lurid, eerie, sinuous tale that keeps you guessing. It makes you realize that everything in life comes at a price. How much are you willing to pay? 4 stars for this read!
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Can you keep a secret? We're asking you to request this psychological thriller without knowing anything at all. If you're approved to read, please keep everything a secret until Halloween when we will reveal all.

This book gets the dreaded ok. I didn't like the main character very much - she seemed to make every mistake and bad choice possible, and she wasn't very likeable, which is a problem with a first-person narrative. While her actions, decisions and unpleasantness may make her a more re
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Mandy White
Shhh.... its a secret! Review to come
JuJu (Julie)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intense and haunting tale of family secrets and deception! Every time I thought I knew where this dark and creepy story was headed...BOOM...another twist blew me away!

I took a leap of faith and requested this book from NetGalley before they revealed the title, author or book cover...then I saw the book cover...WOW! What a chilling book cover! I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Still...it’s pretty awesome...am I right?

Two sisters that have lost touch are reconnected after their ste
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Nigel
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In brief - If you define a book by the fact that you say "I'll just read one more chapter" and you read 3 or 4 this is not a bad read.

I found the prologue to this a very effective and intriguing opening. I certainly wanted to read more. The book really starts with the funeral of Caro's stepmother. Sisters Caro and Steph are both there. However it is immediately apparent that the relationships in the family were and are strained. Steph left home as soon as she could and has avoided any contact wi
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Shalini
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hollow creaky house, a haunting melody from the pear drum, a hurl from the bannister, and a hallucinating main character make this book a vortex of swirling visions. Here realities are dreams, and dreams are illusions.

The images painted have their base in stories, and these stories prey on the mind till the canvas is a moving, colorful landscape. Are these real or are these just hallucinations of a damaged mind? Such are the thoughts which run through the protagonist Caro.

After the death of th
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Nicki
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picture the scene,I was scrolling through Netgalley (as most book addicts probably do every day) when I came across this book. It had no synopsis,no title,it didnt even have a cover yet. Very intreguing and mysterious and being a person who can't resist books that are intreguing and mysterious,I just had to request it. Sometimes taking a risk on something works and sometimes it doesn't. In this case the risk was most definitely worth it.

Cuckoo is a haunting tale set in a beautifully described is
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Mark
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

Firstly I enjoyed the area descriptions in the book as set in Derby and Derbyshire and featured places I have known all my life ( family from Derby and most live there, again/still ) and so ‘Carsington Water’, ‘Matlock’ and Derby City Centre where natural to picture in the story

An unusual story as its 80% psychological and 20% fairy tale..ish,for me the 20% fairy tale parts added nothing to the story and I sped past them concentrating on the psychological part
And the psychological part was good,
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Gary
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel with no knowledge of either the book or the author but what a great surprise. Loved the book and I found it completely absorbing. This psychological thriller was given to me to read with the condition that I don't review until Halloween, so I will post a full review then.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Avon Books UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
JuJu (Julie)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intense and haunting tale of family secrets and deception! Every time I thought I knew where this dark and creepy story was headed...BOOM...another twist blew me away!

I took a leap of faith and requested this book from NetGalley before they revealed the title, author or book cover...then I saw the book cover...WOW! What a chilling book cover! I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Still...it’s pretty awesome...am I right?

Two sisters that have lost touch are reconnected after their ste
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

This ARC was provided by Netgalley! This will be published November 29th!


DNF at 75%

CW: past abusive relationship, child death, child neglect, and child abuse


I thought I was going to like this.

Seriously, I did. I thought that it would be a solid mystery, one that I’d probably 3-star and say was good if you like this sort of thing. It has all the cliched tropes that get reused in this industry over and over again. There’s nothing new or interesting presente
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Eva
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Caro returns to her childhood home after the death of her stepmother, Elizabeth. Their relationship had always been a fraught one and they hadn’t seen each other in years. Caro’s memories of her childhood are somewhat patchy in places but going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths things she may not wish to remember at all. Why do the villagers dislike her so much? Why did Elizabeth hate her?

Strange things start to happen around the house. As an illustrator for children’s books, Caro has a v
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
Initial Thoughts
I didn't love this one. When I requested this book from NetGalley, I had no idea what exactly I was asking for. It was listed as Can You Keep a Secret? without any details. I am curious by nature so I asked for the book. I have to say that I probably wouldn't have requested this one if it had been a straightforward request. I never could get into this book completely. Caro was really hard to connect with and not all that likable. It seemed like the majority of the book was focuse
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Robyn
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caroline “Caro” Crowther returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire after the death of her stepmother. Her estranged sister, Steph wants nothing to do with the estate, so Caro moves into Larkstone Farm to put the house in order while the estate is in probate. This is the perfect opportunity for Caro to start fresh as she just left her abusive boyfriend and had nowhere else to go.. Now that Caro is back at the farm, memories start to return and secrets are slowly revealed. Secrets that have the ...more
Stephanie
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cuckoo was a novel that had me feeling increasingly uneasy as I read it. At the beginning when Caro arrives at her childhood home I thought she was just a little paranoid, exhausted and unsettled after spending so long away.
She is an illustrator and has a commission to provide drawings for a book of fairy tales. But these tales are not ones that you would feel happy a child reading. I remember fairy tales as being slightly fluffy with only a slight threat in the background. These tales are how t
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Susan Hampson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I love reading books where the places are actually familiar to me and as I shop regularly in Derby and have visited the surrounding areas in the book many times, it was perfect. Caro wasn't so keen to go back there though but when needs must then it was better than the alternative. Caro's step-mother Elizabeth had recently died, someone that clearly had not taken to her as a child and now Caro was back there sorting the house to be sold. She felt, in a way, that she had fallen on her feet as her ...more
Linda Hill
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
After her step-mother’s funeral artist Caro returns to live in the family home in Derbyshire.

Oh yes indeedy! I really enjoyed reading Cuckoo. I did have willingly to suspend my disbelief a couple of times but I think that says more about me as a reader than it does about the narrative. I’m such a coward that had some of the events happened to me that happen to Caro I’d have run screaming for the Derbyshire hills and never returned. I really was quite unnerved on occasion.

I loved the claustrophob
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Lo O'Neill
One day on netgalley I seen a book called Can You Keep a Secret? with the author only noted as S, which instantly drew my attention, 30 seconds later I was reading the description of the book which only stated:

would you like to hear a story about two little girls who did something bad? We're asking you to be brave and request this book without knowing the title or the plot. If you're approved, you'll get to read a brand new psychological thriller and we ask that you keep everything secret unti
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booksofallkinds
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Haunting, disturbing, and darkly atmospheric CUCKOO by Sophie Draper is a thriller with a mysterious edge.

When Caro's stepmother suddenly dies it brings Caro back in touch with the sister who abandoned her years ago and she soon finds herself returning to her remote childhood home to focus on her illustrations. But Caro is still haunted by her past and being in this house only makes it worse. As she begins to go through the old house, memories and old stories start to come alive and Caro cannot
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Karen
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the teasing prologue, what a suspenseful read this is. It starts quite slowly, setting the scene and the backstory. Two sisters, estranged for many years, brought together again at the funeral of their stepmother Elizabeth, whose sudden death leaves unanswered questions. Caro, the youngest sister is having some tough times and with nowhere to live, she goes to live at her stepmother’s property, following the funeral, primarily to sort out her stepmother’s property and effects.

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Sophie Draper is a Derbyshire based author. Cuckoo is her first book and won the Bath Novel Award 2017. She also won the York Festival of Writing Friday Night Live Award 2017. A second book is due to be published later in 2019.
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