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Blog Tour: The Perfect House – R.P. Bolton

They’ve finally found their forever home. So why is it tearing them apart?

A fresh start
Ellie knows she has found her dream home – number six Moss Lane. The place she and Tom can settle down, raise their new baby and start again.

A dark secret
But why do their new neighbours think they’re so brave for moving in? Why are Ellie’s keys never where she left them? And why can Ellie hear strange noises in the night that Tom can’t?

A living nightmare
Suddenly their dream house no longer feels so perfect and when Ellie learns the truth about number six’s dark past, a truth that Tom has been keeping secret from her, she no longer knows who she can trust.

Has their perfect home become her worst nightmare?

My thoughts: I felt for Ellie, she’s carrying around guilt about the past, no one seems willing to suggest post-natal depression or really even listen to her. Her partner’s too preoccupied with work to support her, and she’s very isolated. She doesn’t seem to have many friends, her mum lives in Spain and the new house seems a bit remote.

Add that to all the rumours and half stories she’s heard about the house and no wonder she’s seeing ghosts. I grew up in a really old house, they can be really creepy, and when you’re sleep deprived and suggestible I imagine you do start hearing and seeing things.

I was glad she eventually got some help, although it really shouldn’t have been that hard. But the isolation and the fact that no health visitor popped by, and she wouldn’t tell anyone about her past mental health issues, didn’t help. There’s such a lot of stigma around these things that I don’t blame her for being scared of someone thinking she was a bad mother. Luckily babies are both super resilient and don’t form memories much till they’re about 3 or 4.

Anyway, this was an interesting concept and I was glad the truth about poor Mary and her shitty dad eventually saw the light, Ellie made some friends, Tom stopped putting his job first and the house stopped being filled with nightmares.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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