The House on the Lake
No matter how far you run . . .
He's never far behind
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend's rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It's miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.
But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realises that she and Joe aren't as safe as she...more
Lisa has left her controlling husband Mark,taking their 3 year old son Joe to stay in a friends empty house, Rowan Isle House a dilapidated lake house and not really fit to live in, having no running water. Unfortunately Lisa has no other options.
The story goes back to 2002 when Grace and her father live in Rowan Isle House. He is teaching her to be a soldier and giving her secret missions to fulfil. They keep themselves to themselves not trusting the locals.
This is such a gripping book, ...more
2018 Lisa has left home with her three year old son Joe and is hiding from her husband Mark. She has been given the address of a safe house which turns out to be very run down and in a remote location.
2003 an eleven year old girl lives in the house with her father who she calls Sarge.
He is an ex soldier and is bringing her up to be self sufficient and away from other people.
I enjoyed this story and read the book in one ...more
Nuala Ellwood’s novels are always highly addictive because they manage not only to be dark and twisted but also hugely emotional and often thought provoking.
The House On The Lake follows that trend as we meet Lisa, on the run from a controlling relationship with son Joe in tow, who moves into a dilapidated lake house where amenities are few. Interspersed with the diary of a girl growing up there, past and present are about to collide…
This was a clever and involving story that will often have you ...more
Rowan Isle House is a rundown and isolated country home. Im 2018 Lisa finds sanctuary there with her young son Joe, from an abusive and controlling husband, and in 2000 Grace is living there as a child, off-grid with her PTSD plagued, survivalist father, Sarge. Both women are scared of the men in their lives, ...more
The house where she flees to is called Rowan House and it's in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, A house meant for sanctuary and salvation but also one which ...more
It has been a long time since a book has gripped me as much as this one did right from page one it pulled me in and didn't let go till the very end. I read in one sitting I just couldn't put this book down.
The house on the Lake starts of when we meet Lisa a women on the run with her son Joe from her controlling Husband. as the story unfolds it is full of twists and turns I never seen coming. I kept questioning myself, thinking I had an idea of where this story was going and I was so ...more
I totally enjoyed this book, I think it's been the best thriller I have read in 2019. If you like your thrillers dark and twisty without too much gore or horror, then this will keep you captivated for a while. ...more
It is essentially a psychological thriller which looks at the whole question of identity, guilt, PTSD and abusive control. It is a difficult read in many ways, as there are many grim situations and unsympathetic characters. Lisa, a young mother who is separated from her abusive husband, kidnaps her young son and takes him to an old house in the Yorkshire Dales. ...more
In the present day is Lisa’s story as she arrives at Rowan Isle House in the remote Yorkshire village of Harrowby with her unhappy and challenging three year old son, Joe. Not ...more
No matter how far you run …. He’s never far behind.
Lisa needs to disappear. And her friends rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town and no one there knows her or her little boy Joe.
But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realises that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.
Why secret has Rowan Isles House – and her ...more
The book follows the story of Lisa, who is on the run from London to Yorkshire with her little boy Joe, and ends up staying in quite possibly the creepiest house in the history of the world. We also follow the story of Grace, a thirteen-year-old who grew up in that very same house several years before with her father. She was completely cut off from the rest of the world and tells us her ...more
It took me a bit to get into the story, and at first, I didn’t think I was going to finish reading it. I’m glad I did though, the ending was worth reading in the end.
The characters were a mismatch of different people. Lisa, abused with and desperate mother, I found she controlled ...more
This is a book that had it’s moments – both good and bad. I wasn’t quite reconciled ...more
Whilst Rowan Isle House is a gothic-inspired character in its own right, so grim is it, ...more
The House on the Lake, together with its history, is the common denominator. As the story progresses the reader is introduced to Isobel, the daughter of the local vicar where there appears to be a ...more
Told alongside Lisa's tale is Grace, resident in the house when it was slightly less awful, with her strange father and a very odd upbringing.
Isobel brings them together- friend of the child Grace and later kindly neighbour to Lisa and Joe.
The descriptions of the house in particular are very atmospheric in both time lines and the ...more
This book definitely kept me on my toes. Its one of those books that really transforms to another world, in this case a world of a girl growing up isolated from the rest of the village. The other side of the story took you through a mothers struggle of trying to survive in this creepy house on the lake with her child all the while looking over her shoulder; scared that her husband was going to come and rip her world away from her.
I did like the story, and the writing. I liked ...more
There is a back story running through this of earlier occupants of the house ...more
I found it quite difficult to "like" either of the main human characters and their relationships but maybe this is part of what was essentially a very sad story about two very broken people and ...more
I Loved this book. From the very first chapter I knew I was going to enjoy reading it and it did not disappoint. I could not put the book down as the story kept me on the edge of my seat.
The story is fast paced and exciting. The drama and suspense are excellent.
I have read all Nuala Ellwood’s other books and I think they are all fantastic.
All of Nuala’s book are addictive and I can’t sleep, eat or work until I have finished her book.
I would like to thank ...more