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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

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published December 6th 2018 by Sphere
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Nigel
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
In brief - Parts of this made for a decent enough read however overall I was not that convinced by the story.

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
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Lou
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right away after beginning this I felt it had a distinctive fairytale vibe about it. The dark woods, young women and the menacing forces that are at work all contributed to that flavour. Witchwood may look beautiful and charming in daylight, but when night falls it is not a place to venture. I loved the unique mix of fairytale-esque darkness, intense atmosphere and immersive writing. It was a haunting experience, and by the end, my nerves were frayed due to the unpredictability and the surprises ...more
Liz Barnsley
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved The Primrose Path so I was looking forward to diving into this and once again I thought it was terrific.

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
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Joanne Robertson
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I seem to have been waiting FOREVER for this book after loving the debut novel The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths. But I have to say that the wait was worth every single moment of anticipation as A Place to Lie is a wonderfully intriguing and beautifully crafted book from start to finish. There was a darkness here that I felt was reminiscent of those childhood nightmares brought on by grisly folklore tales told by children trying to scare the living daylights out of their friends! The woodla ...more
Laura
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I’m really not sure how I feel about this book, but I do know that I didn’t enjoy it. I was a little bit surprised by the ending, but because I didn’t enjoy the rest of the book I wasn’t completely shocked because I just wasn’t hooked on it. I really struggled with reading this one and didn’t have much motivation to read it. The writing was good, but there were a few mistakes which meant that some parts didn’t make sense. I found a lot of the characters annoying and didn’t really care about what ...more
Thriller Man
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author's second book was a long time coming but was well worth the wait. As with her debut novel Rebecca Griffiths has delivered an enthralling story that keeps the reader guessing, but once again, I was unable to correctly anticipate the ending - and what an ending! Set in two time frames, the author furnishes this credible and original tale with such believable characters, sensitively drawn and enriched by the beautiful descriptive writing - definitely this author's trademark - which brin ...more
bibliophoenix
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Where do I even start? Excellent book title for one. I was gripped from the first page and I love it when books can do that. I was itching to find out what happened to Ellie so the build up to it was done very well - it could easily have irritatingly dragged on. I'm intrigued to know how the murderer did it so I'm not sure if I would have liked a confession on the details or if I prefer how Rebecca planned it.

I feel like there could be a sequel considering how it ended. I don't think Joanna wou
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Morgan Schulman
I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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.
Julie
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and can highly recommend. Full review closer to publication.

Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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Rebecca Griffiths grew up in mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to rural Wales where she now lives with her husband, a prolific artist, four vampiric cats as black as night, and two pet sheep the size of sofas.

The Primrose Path - her debut novel, a psychological thriller p
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