Oh my goodness, The Housewarming, a psychological thriller, is emotionally INTENSE! SE Lynes has such an uncanny way of putting a reader inside the head of her main characters and making them feel all the anguish, confusion and horror of what is unfolding around them. This book deserves a standing ovation. It’s brilliant, claustrophobic, upsetting, all the feels – it reduced me to a wreck. It’s not only emotional, though, it’s also a top notch psychological thriller that is intricately plotted so that the journey to the end feels like a noose tightening as realisation hits you…
Everyone is going to the housewarming party. All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished… Will her mother finally learn the truth?
Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.
A year later, the Lovegoods are planning their long-anticipated housewarming party. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.
But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.
Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.
She’s about to find out she was wrong…