The Woman in the Dark
A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us.
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 grew up in.
But there is a catch: while their new home carries only...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 ...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 ...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
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 from ...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.
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 ...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!
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 ...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
There is only one draw back. The family that lived there after Patrick’s family moved ...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
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 ...more
The Woman in the Dark
Note:Special thanks to Hachette Books for providing a copy for review. My thoughts are also posted on the Palmer Library review blog.
I started and finished The Woman in the Dark in what felt like one sitting. This dark thriller is guaranteed to suck readers in andkeep them captive in its tight grasp until the story is over.
There were many things that the author, Vanessa Savage, was really great at developing: one of these things beingthe ...more
Sarah and Patrick have been married for years and have two teenagers, Joe and Mia. After Sarah’s mother dies, she suffers from a nervous breakdown and eventually ends up overdosing (but revived) on sleeping pills. For Patrick, this seems like the perfect time to purchase back his family home that was recently offered up for sale and move his family to the seaside. Sounds good right? Except, since Patrick’s family lost their home to foreclosure, a family has been murdered in the ...more
A really good psychological thriller about a family who move back to the husband's childhood home where some gruesome murders were previously committed and the house well all i can say is CREEPY
I DEVOURED this book in one sitting and had to stop reading a few times as i was listening for strange noises. Reading this book had me on the edge of my seat, it got my heart racing and made me turn on all the lights in the ...more