The Village by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes

Book Description:

From the bestselling author of the DI Amy Winter series comes a thriller about a shocking disappearance—and the village that has conspired to keep the truth buried.

Ten years ago, the Harper family disappeared. Their deserted cottage was left with the water running, the television playing cartoons, the oven ready for baking. The doors were locked from the inside.

Overnight, the sleepy village of Nighbrook became notorious as the scene of the unsolved mystery of the decade, an epicentre for ghoulish media speculation.

For crime journalist Naomi, solving the case has turned into an obsession. So now, with Ivy Cottage finally listed for sale, it’s her chance to mount an investigation like no other. And her husband and stepdaughter don’t really need to know what happened in their new home… do they?

But Nighbrook isn’t quite the village she expected. No one wants to talk to her. No one will answer her questions. And as she becomes increasingly uneasy, it’s clear that the villagers are hiding something—that there is something very dark at the heart of this rural idyll. And the deeper she digs, the more it seems her investigation could be more dangerous than she ever imagined… In raking up the secrets of the past, has she made her own family the next target?

My Thoughts:

There’s nothing more exciting than when one of your favourite crime writers brings out a psychological thriller!

Naomi is obsessed with a crime that happened ten years before when a family go missing from their home, Ivy Cottage. So much so, she decides to buy it in the hope that she can solve the case. The disappearance of the Harper’s definitely piqued my interest. How could they just vanish and no one not know anything? It’s obvious that on arriving in the small village that there is something sinister afoot.

Naomi is a braver woman than I am. The cool welcome she gets from the villagers was enough to make me want to run for the hills, although I was eager to know just what they were all hiding! It soon had me doubting every one of them as they all seem to have a hidden agenda and I feared for Naomi and her family and if they would ever leave the village alive!

The Village is a chilling and sinister read. It would make a great movie! The suspense and tension mounts throughout and then wham! The author hits her reader with twists and jaw dropping revelations. I even had to go back and re read one as I thought I must have read it wrong as had not expected it at all. An exhilarating read that once you start, you won’t want to stop!

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