WOW! I devoured this book in just over 24 hours. The story covers the lives of 4 individuals, all of whom reside in a secluded estate in Suffolk. Having read reviews, I was worried that the story may try and cover too many different storylines for each of the individuals, but Seskis has done an incredible job at intertwining all the stories. I was hooked and couldn't wait to reveal each of the secrets held by the individuals and watch the story unravel. A great read that I would highly, highly recommend.
I absolutely love all the books Tina Seskis has written and her familiar writing style was evident in her latest offering, I raced through the book really looking forward to the twists unfolding but I hate to say it but it’s not one of my favourite books by her. I found I could guess some of what was going to happen and I’ve not been able to do that with her other books.
This would be a good one to start with if you’ve not read anything by this author then read some of her other books. You won’t be disappointed!
This book didn't impress me as much as I had hoped; however, I always like to offer some positive feedback, and this book did reach some high notes. Firstly, I thought the writing was top-notch. The storyline was easy to follow and I was never confused about what was going on. Some books can get very wordy, and I didn't find that to be an issue with this book at all. Second, I really could relate to the characters. I always like when the characters in a novel are relatable. It helps me connect more with the book. Finally, I did find the plot very interesting. The parts of the book that I took issue with was the pacing. For me, an excellent book requires the reader, achem <me.> to have a very hard time putting down the book. In this case, I found myself taking breaks more often than not. While I did finish this novel, I could not call it a 'pageturner'. When I find a book impossible to put down, that is for me, a memorable read. I would rate this book 3/5 stars.
What Secrets Hide On The Close...?
The seemingly quiet Hope Close hides a multitude of secrets and suspicions. Solid characterisation and engaging storytelling make this a rather compulsive read. There is much backstory but nothing irrelevant and all necessary to tell the tale. Well drawn, enjoyable suspense.
Three women, Layla, Joan and Nicole live in Hope Close with their husbands. A mysterious new neighbour moves in, keeps himself to himself and erects a large set of gates. What does the new neighbour have to hide.
I have read a books before with the premis about neighbours and one or the other have a secret and for me I find the stories quite entertaining. This book I thought was ok but had enough to keep my interest until the end.
Each chapter follows each of the women and how they entwine and how they each live their lives. The reader also follows the new neighbour who clearly has something to hide. The story progresses until all is revealed and why.
I felt this book had enough to keep my interest and I did want to find out what the big secret was. I felt however that the story just plodded along at times and I just wanted it to move up a notch and move on a little.
I would say if you like Liane Moriarty then this book is for you. A modern setting with a very mismatched bunch of characters. There was some funny moments in the book especially with what some of the characters did get up to. A good, ok
I would like to thank Tina Seskis via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review the book.
I have read quite a few books from this author and enjoyed them all. This was no exception, I found it to be an excellent read with good, well developed characters all with their own secrets.
The book held my interest throughout and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
Thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
to be honest i found this a bit confusing of a story .i felt there were too many story lines running throughout .it did however pick up a bit towards the end so all in all an ok book.
A quote (from ARC):
“Solitariness was closing in on her, and even her husband felt like a stranger now.”
A gripping and suspenseful novel about loneliness, pain and secrets, and how the past always catches up with you.
Set in a Surrey (England) small community, “Hope Close”, by Tina Seskis (Lake Union Publishing), features four neighbors, three women and one man with different ages and backgrounds, each with secrets of their own.
The writing is very good and the novel structure, told from the neighbors’ (three women and one man) perspectives, very smart.
The romance takes a back seat but the story is still very rewarding as we get to know the characters’ secrets and even the more horrible ones become a little more human and friendly.
Andy is such a broken, tortured hero, I felt glad that in he was able to find some peace, although the redemption process seemed a bit undeveloped.
This was an excellent thriller based around a cul de sac of houses in the English countryside. Right from the beginning I just knew that this book would suck me right in and yes it sure did do that. This book had everything I love in a good book, great storyline, strong characters, mystery, intrigue and plenty of thrills. I highly recommend this book and have no hesitation rating it a 5⭐ read.
My thanks to the author Tina Seskis for the opportunity to review an advance copy of this book and my opinions are all entirely my own.
Tina Seskis is on form with this intriguing story of a secretive, reclusive young man with regrets about something shameful in his past. Her depiction of Hope Close as an environment of anxious, claustrophobic, mis-matched people and their random houses, which is supposed to be a pleasant retreat in a beautiful area is skillful. The diverse characters and dissatisfactions, jealousies and fear of discovery, leading to neighbourly, and often un-neighbourly, interactions, which eventually give rise to a series of denouements, some unexpected as per Tina's clever storytelling, some quietly but satisfyingly predictable. Sensitive, observant, timely. A good read all round.
DNF. Could not get past chapter 8. Not my type of read, too drawn out and boring. Thanks for the ARC.
This book was hard to put down. I devoured it in two sittings. The story was so captivating it made you not want it to end. I love it!
Hope Close by author Tina Seskis is a fast paced domestic thrill of a book! Loved the characters and plot line!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was really excited to read and review Hope Close by Tina Seskis as I've read all of her previous books and loved them all!
This one didn't disappoint it was brilliant. I enjoyed learning about all the wonderfully complex characters as she built their stories throughout the book giving away a few surprises along the way while still keeping me guessing until the end.
It was one of those books that you can't stop reading and yet don't want to end even though you are desperate to find out the truth.
It was a wonderful read and I now have a huge book hangover and no idea what to read next as it will be a hard act to follow!
Thank you Tina Seskis I think this is going to be a contender for my favourite read of 2020
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Eventhough it is quite a lot of backstory with secrets woven in, that back story in so necessary for the twists and secrets to be revealed. I also feel that the descriptive elements made you feel that you were part of Hope Close, just another neighbour peeking out of her curtains to see what was going to happen next.
The thing about this book, is that all of it is so believable especially if you have lived on a cul-de-sac. Everyone knows your business and nothing can be kept secret. Even if you think it is!
I’ve only read one of Tina Seskis’s books so when I was offered the chance to read an ARC copy of her newest novel I was keen to take part!
I loved the previous book I read and this was no exception. The characters who live in Hope Close are all well developed, described in detail and made me feel like I knew them. But, they all held their own secrets! I felt compassion, intrigue and suspicion of all of them and was eager to find out what those secrets were.
Through the book there were many suspicions which grew and revolved about all characters and mostly the new resident in Hope Close, Andy. The neighbours all had their own views about him but which of them will be the one to rumble his secrets?
A fantastic thriller! Thoroughly recommend you read this!
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all books by this author, so when offered the opportunity to read an ARC for this one in return for an honest review, I jumped at the chance.
The book follows the residents of a small cul-de-sac in Surrey who all have various issues in their home lives, including a new neighbour who you learn has recently been released from prison and has suffered from addiction and mental health issues.
The characters in this book were so well fleshed-out that I felt like I really knew them and genuinely cared for where their stories were going. I especially enjoyed the character of Joan, we all know a 'Joan' and I laughed out loud at a couple of her observations about her fellow neighbours. I liked Andy's character as well, I found it interesting to follow his journey as he attempted to readjust to normal life.
My only criticism would be that the story is a little bit slow-going in parts but in my opinion it is completely worth it to be involved in the lives of these wonderful characters.