Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Harper Collins Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Today I have a book that has been gaining a lot of press!

The House on the Cliff  cover

Synopsis:

Jessica Mayhew is a sharp, successful therapist with a thriving practice and loving family. But the arrival of a new client, actor Gwydion Morgan, coincides with a turbulent moment in her life: her husband has just confessed to a one-night stand with a younger woman. The son of a famous stage director, Gwydion is good-looking and talented but mentally fragile, tormented by an intriguing phobia. When Jessica receives a frantic call warning that he is suicidal, she decides to make a house call.
The Morgans live in a grand clifftop mansion overlooking the rocky Welsh coast. It seems to be a remote paradise, but there's something sinister about it too: Jessica learns that the family's former au pair drowned in the bay under mysterious circumstances. In her quest to help Gwydion, to whom she's grown increasingly attached, Jessica becomes ensnared in the Morgan family mystery, which soon becomes an explosive public scandal—one that puts her directly in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jessica is doing her best to keep her marriage and family together, but her growing attraction to Gwydion is impossible to ignore.

Review:

What do psychotherapy, adultery, cold case of murder, a soap opera actor, phobias, and teen rebellion all have in common? That would be the main character in this book. Set in Wales, this book has a broodiness from the beginning that helps to set its tone and bring the reader in. There are so many tangents and characters, to give the book a realistic setting. I guessed the truth before I'd gotten halfway through the book, unfortunately (must be all the detective thrillers I've been reading lately), so the second half of the book was more of reading to prove my theory right (it was). It's an interesting tale, and I'm sure movie rights will be fought over for it. The book is perfect for a lazy afternoon read!

About the Author:
After studying philosophy in college, Charlotte Williams went on to work as an arts journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines, and making documentaries for the BBC. She now works in radio drama, writing original plays and adaptations.

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