You never know who’s watching…
Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.
But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…
How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?
In this debut novel by Phoebe Morgan, you will get to know two sisters who are incredibly different. Corrine is working hard to start a family, while Ashley already has a family and is struggling to keep her marriage intact. Right off of the bat you meet a mysterious narrator spinning a sad, horrifying tale. As the chapters change, the narrator changes – with this unknown perspective breaking through every few chapters.
Through a couple of nights, and many many cups of coffee, I started to piece the mystery together. That being said, once the whole thing was revealed, I was still a little startled. The unknown narrator explains things pretty plainly, but there are still a few twists and turns in this one.
Ashley and Corrine are both pretty easy to get to know, they’re well thought out characters and believable enough to live down the hall from you. Corrine’s constant struggle with IVF made me so sad and Ashley watching her family fall apart broke my heart. I got to know both of these girls over 320 pages and I likely won’t be forgetting about them any time soon. There is something to be said about a thriller novel that also has so much character development. Sadly, that is not always the case.
The one thing that I thought was a bit strange was that the chapters written from Corrine’s point of view were all written in first person – while the chapters written from other points of view were third person. It really made Corrine the main character of the book, which might very well have been the aim of the author. I’ve read a lot of books with character point of view changes between chapters, but none that changed from first person to third and back again. It was definitely an interesting tactic. (Before you ask, I tend to notice the third person to first person changes because in my own writing I have spent half of the novel writing in first person and then for whatever reason decided to be a fly on the wall and switch to third. I don’t do it on purpose, but it’s one of the biggest pieces of feedback I tend to get, so now I pay attention.)
In closing, this fantastic read comes out on September 14th and I can’t wait for the rest of you to get a chance to get hooked by it! Although it isn’t available for pre-order on amazon yet, hopefully it will be coming to a book store near you in a few weeks!
If you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages (either literally or electronically), then pick up a copy of this one. You won’t regret it.