Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Hidden Girl by Louise Millar

Publication: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Source: Publisher

From “a writer to watch” (Booklist), this gripping psychological thriller follows a young woman who uncovers a terrible secret in her idyllic suburban neighborhood—but who will believe her?

Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start.

Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child and she hopes that this new life will realise her dream.

Yet when the snow comes, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village. Life in Tornley turns out to be far from idyllic, who are the threatening figures who lurk near their property at night? And why is her neighbour so keen to see them leave? Plus Will's, behaviour is severely testing the bonds of her trust.

Hannah has spent her professional life doing the right thing for other people. But as she starts to unbury a terrible crime, she realises she can no longer do that without putting everything she's ever wanted at risk.

But if she does nothing, the next victim could be her...

Hannah and her husband will are trying to make fresh start and start over when they purchase a house in Suffolk County. The house needs more than just a little love and care, but Hannah is determined to make the best of the situation. She is obsessed with re-doing the house and making it living and beautiful for Barbara’s visit, who is a social worker. Her and will want to become adoptive parents and Hannah believes that if they can buy a house and have it look presentable, they will seem like they have their lives in order and will be able set the stage for adopting a child.

Their marriage is strained and I don’t believe that even having a child will solve the issues they have. They don’t really communicate with each other and Hannah can’t even seem to bear Will touching her.

Weird things begin to happen when Will is away in London, working at his music studio and Hannah is left at the house alone. Creepy neighbors, things going missing, someone snooping around their property, all give this story and mysterious and suspenseful vibe that I really liked. It started off a little slow for me, but once I was a few chapters in, I was able to get more into it. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat with anticipation, but I did want to keep reading to see how everything played out.

If you enjoy reading atmospheric thrillers or light suspense stories then you should take a look at The Hidden Girl.

RATING: 4 out of 5.


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