The House of Whispers by Anna Kent @BellaKay @Bookish_Becky

Once you let her in, she’ll never leave…

Some secrets aren’t meant to be kept…

When Grace returns to Abi’s life, years after they fell out at university, Abi can’t help but feel uneasy. Years ago, Grace’s friendship was all-consuming and exhausting.

Now happily married, Abi’s built a new life for herself and put those days behind her. And yet as Grace slips back into her life with all the lethal charm she had before, Abi finds herself falling back under her spell…

Abi’s husband, Rohan, can’t help but be concerned as his wife’s behaviour changes. As their happy home threatens to fall apart, he realises that there’s something deeply unnerving about Grace. Just what influence does this woman have over his wife, and why has she come back now?

A chilling story of guilt and obsession from Anna Kent.

The House of Whispers is a beautifully written and carefully crafted book that took my breath away! It was so much better than I had been expecting with its gothic feel and chilling storyline-you could feel the tension radiating from each page as the plot build up to its shocking revelations and the last two emotionally draining pages. This is a tale that you won’t forget in a hurry-even now I am still thinking about it and the characters who stayed with me since I finished this addictive book.

Abi is happily married to Rohan but when they move to a new home, the new life she has created for herself and her husband is slowly broken apart by the arrival of Grace. Back from Australia, doctor Grace slots straight back into Abi’s life and her home so when Rohan goes to work in New York, Abi is left at the mercy of a toxic friendship she seems unable to break free from. And believe me, Grace is not the sort of friend a vulnerable and caring person like Abi should have in her life! I wondered what hold Grace had over her and why Abi wasn’t strong enough to tell her to get lost especially when her actions become more extreme. Abi is an artist though and it’s only when Grace comes back that her creative juices start flowing again so I understood the need for that connection but there was still something I couldn’t quite put my finger on! And when the walls finally come tumbling down on these friends it was both unexpected and shocking but so incredibly well done.

I felt on edge and uneasy throughout the whole time I was reading this book and it truly did affect me quite deeply. Stunning prose, a chilling plot and beautifully drawn characters kept this toxic tale of friendship taut with tension and anticipation. Highly recommended by me!

Anna Kent has worked as a journalist, magazine editor and book editor as well as enjoying a stint as a radio producer. She’s written for numerous publications at home and abroad, including the Daily Telegraph, where she was a contributor for six years. Brought up in the South East, she loves to travel while maintaining a base in Gloucestershire. She’s married with two children.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.