A perfect home
When Fern and Paul move into the large, old house on Crenellation Lane, with beautiful high ceilings and a luscious garden, they think they’ve found their dream home. After the devastating loss of Fern’s twin sister, it will be a fresh start and somewhere to raise their first baby.
A destructive obsession
But as soon as they arrive, Fern starts having terrifying nightmares about the woman who lived there before. When the woman showed Fern around, they bonded over their pregnancies. Now, Fern can’t let her go. Does she have something to do with the strange things happening in the house? Paul fears his wife has relapsed, obsessing in the same way she did with her twin.
A fatal secret
Fern questions the neighbours about the previous owner, but nobody wants to talk. It’s like the woman never even existed. Refusing to give up, Fern uncovers a shocking secret and now suddenly her whole family is in danger…
My thoughts: this was a clever, twisty turny story – is Fern losing her mind or was Marte real? Is she being haunted and why are there so many people pretending not to know what she’s on about? I loved her relationship with her mother-in-law, who doesn’t think she’s nuts and instead helps her investigate the former resident of her new home.
Her husband on the other hand is a bit rubbish, basically abandoning her as he’s convinced the death of her twin sister has made her crazy.
But she’s not, and grief does funny things to people, and if she can get some answers maybe she’ll feel settled and safe in the house.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.