***Review*** In a Cottage In a Wood by Cass Green

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A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A Twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

It’s actually kind of funny, when we got this book in at work, a couple of my co-workers were pretty skeptical of the story line.

“Who would accept a cottage from a complete stranger?” I mean… it’s a valid question right? It seems like a pretty odd thing to do – and something I would assume that is pretty hard to make believable when writing a book. That being said, Cass Green (A.K.A. Caroline Green) did an amazing job of giving me enough of a back ground to sympathize with Neve and the choice she made.

I started this book in bed, in the spare room at my parents’ house and by the third chapter I was hooked. All of a sudden I started squeezing in a “few pages” when I definitely should have been sleeping. This included on my last night when I knew that I had to be up at the crack of dawn to catch my train to the airport. I continued to read it on the train… then in the waiting area at the airport… then on the plane… then – well you get it. I could not put this book down. I purposely went out of my way to put in headphones (that were playing exactly nothing) just so that the people in the seats next to me during my trip home would leave me alone to read in peace.

While I enjoyed this book immensely, I can’t say that I didn’t see a couple of the plot twists coming. I’d like to think that it could be my Sherlockian power of deduction, but it may very well be more that a few of them were slightly predictable. Regardless, this book kept me turning pages, and I’m happy to say that I’ve found, yet another, author to keep an eye on. My authors-to-look-for list continues to grow with every finish – and that’s just the way I like it.


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