A Place to Lie
In a dark, dark wood
In Summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their holidays in a sunlit village near the Forest of Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the forest hide secrets...more
The first chapter here I found slightly puzzling but powerful. I was intrigued. In the summer of 1990 sisters Caroline and Joanna were sent to stay with their great aunt. The somewhat sleepy village was a contrast to their town lives and their great aunt seemed happy for the girls to do what they wanted in the main. Years later Joanna returns to the village and the house. Will there be a ...more
Rebecca Griffiths has such a great eye for character building and involving you utterly with the story unfolding. Once again this is a brilliantly imagined family drama wrapped
up with psychological thriller elements with an emotional core and that past/present vibe I love. The sense of place and time is evocative and the solution unpredictable .
Yes. Very good indeed. A fuller review ...more
A Place To Lie is an atmospheric, eerie story which makes for really addictive reading. Rebecca Griffiths manages to combine a pretty dark subject matter - the horrible and very odd death of Joanna's sister Caroline, a missing child from long ago and other occurances that I won't give away here - with fairytale-style (and, at times, quite whimsical) overtones created by the dark, dark wood and the mysterious happenings deep in the countryside so long ago.
The s ...more
I feel like there could be a sequel considering how it ended. I don't think Joanna wou ...more
This book was just OK. A standard issue thriller - If you like that sort of thing you’ll like this but there’s nothing really to recommend it beyond just the conventions of the genre for its fans.
The Primrose Path - her debut novel, a psychological thriller p ...more