He had found exactly the right spot in the woods. A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. He would bring his lovely Helen here… This time, it was going to be perfect.
When Alicia Bryson returns to her childhood home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds her estranged father frail and unable to care for himself. Her daughter Jenny is delighted at the prospect of a whole summer playing in the woods at the bottom of the garden, but as soon as Alicia sets foot in Lower Banford, strange and disturbing memories begin to plague her. What happened in her father’s house, all those years ago?
But coping with the uncertainty and arranging Bob’s care plan aren’t Alicia’s only problems. Unknown to her, she has a stalker. Someone is watching, waiting, making plans of his own. To him, Alicia and Jenny are his beautiful Helens… and they should be in Paradise.
The setting for The Paradise Trees is a lovely idyllic village that I could easily visualise in my head. Alicia’s childhood home is set near lots of greenery near the woods of which there is plenty of space for her daughter Jenny to let off steam.
The story flicks between Alicia and her coming to terms with being back at home with her dad and a mystery man who has plans for Alicia and her daughter. It is obvious there is a lot of unknown history between Alicia and her dad which had me wanting to know more. As much as I felt sorry for her dad being so frail, until I knew what exactly had gone on, I was very cautious with my feelings towards him.
Jenny is an adorable child of which I am sure readers will take to instantly. She is a happy go lucky girl with a wonderful imagination of which children at her age tend to have. Through Jenny, you get a real sense of animal love with the wonderfully named dog Conker and you get to see that special bond a child can have with animals.
There are quite a few characters who could be the mysterious man and I was constantly arguing with myself as to who it could be. No way would I have ever guessed at who it was though so when we do get to find out it certainly comes as a surprise.
The Paradise Trees is a captivating read that draws you in with the beauty of the surroundings whilst hiding something very dark and sinister. You get a sense of foreboding that intensifies the further into the story we get. With a few hidden surprises, this is definitely a must read for suspenseful thriller fans.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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