The perfect place to hide. Or so she thought . . .
When Grace Jensen returns to her home in Lookout Beach one day, she finds a body in a pool of blood and a menacing gift left for her.
The community of Lookout Beach is shocked by such a brutal intrusion in their close-knit neighbourhood – particularly to a family as successful and well-liked as the Jensens – and a police investigation to find the trespasser begins.
But Grace knows who’s after her. She might have changed her name and moved across the world, deciding to hide on the Oregon coast, but she’s been waiting seventeen years for what happened in the small Welsh town where she grew up to catch-up with her.
Grace might seem like the model neighbour and mother, but nobody in Lookout Beach – not even her devoted husband Elias – knows the real her. Or how much blood is on her hands.
The hottest, edge-of-your-seat summer thriller, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Holiday by T. M. Logan
The Beach House by Beverley Jones was a one sitting read for me! A quiet Sunday afternoon sitting in the garden passed by in the blink of an eye as I became completely immersed in this later psychological thriller from a writer who’s books I always enjoy. What I loved about The Beach House was the dual timeline that twisted around the present day action and provided two different settings-both of which came alive. The Welsh setting of Grace’s teenage years was dark and creepy compared to the sunshine of the Oregon coastline as Grace hides in plain site, just waiting for her past to catch up with her…
As I mentioned before this is a book that keeps you interested as you try to work out what happened to Grace to make her convinced that the blood covered body in her kitchen, and the accompanying equipment left beside it, is connected to something she has been running from for years. I have to admit to not taking to Grace particularly throughout-no idea why but I found her a little unlikeable! Her friends were far more interesting although I did find that the lifestyle contrast showed a very different side to Grace.
An enjoyable read!
Beverley Jones, also known as B E Jones, is a former journalist and police press officer, now a novelist and general book obsessive. Bev was born in a small village in the South Wales valleys, north of Cardiff. She started her journalism career with Trinity Mirror newspapers, writing stories for The Rhondda Leader and The Western Mail, before becoming a broadcast journalist with BBC Wales Today TV news, based in Cardiff. She has worked on all aspects of crime reporting (as well as community news and features) producing stories and content for newspapers and live TV.
Most recently Bev worked as a press officer for South Wales Police, dealing with the media and participating in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.
Perhaps unsurprisingly she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and her insight into the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales.
Her latest novels, Where She Went, Halfway and Wilderness, are published by Little Brown under the name BE Jones. Wilderness has recently been optioned for a six part TV adaptation by Firebird Pictures. Her seventh novel, The Beach House, is due for release in June 2021 under the name Beverley Jones. Chat with her on Goodreads.co.uk under B E Jones or Beverley Jones and on Twitter and Instagram @bevjoneswriting Bev is represented by The Ampersand Agency.