I did not finish this one, it was not for me, I couldn't relate to the characters, and just did not care for the story.
I enjoyed this book!
Thank you Net Galley & to the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
We are told the story through dual timelines. Eva is a dark character that seems to relish in torturing other people. Especially her adopted daughter, Connie is at the receiving end of Eva’s sadistic games. Even after Eva’s passing, she is still playing her horrific games. Connie inherited the Little Red House and find a mystery. Deep, dark hidden secrets about the house and the town come to light. To add to the chaos, there is a serial killer on the loose. The story is mysterious and very suspenseful. The characters are well written and the storytelling is superb.
Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for this review copy and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Little Red House was such a great thriller. The small-town vibe, the family secrets, and the slow burn until the ultimate reveal were all perfectly executed.
At first, I thought this would be more horror based, but it is a dark thriller with some graphic violence. Fans of Karin Slaughter would be pleased with this one.
This was not for me. I ended up DNFing at 30%. It was boring and weirdly paced. I didn’t like anything about it.
''Twenty years isn’t enough to erase the sins of the past—but the future is even more terrifying in this thrilling read perfect for fans of Megan Collins and Julia Heaberlin.
In 1997, Eve Foster’s daughter, Kelsey, runs away to New Mexico and vanishes without a trace. Eve is convinced that she’s the victim of a serial killer who’s been hunting women in the region—but Kelsey’s body is never found.
Years later, Eve dies, leaving everything to her adopted twin daughters. The majority of the wealthy estate in Vermont goes to Lisa, the “good daughter,” while Connie inherits only a small stipend and a property in New Mexico. Connie, often the target of Eve's cruelty, suspects this was another of her mother's vindictive games.
Connie arrives in New Mexico to find a small, dilapidated red house in the desert, and the home’s mysterious caretaker, Jet Montgomery, living in a shack on the property. She learns there's been a string of women murdered in the area—murders that no one will talk about. Before Connie can get to the truth, her mother’s sadistic mind games come creeping back from the grave—and now the danger becomes all too real. With a serial killer on the loose and a trove of deadly secrets coming to the surface, Connie is in a desperate race to save herself and what little is left of her shattered family.''
This book is fast pacing, gripping and especially the final twists you never see them coming were absolute delight! This book has it all, from awesome characters right through to jaw dropping twists. I liked the two different timelines and the way it was captured. Connie from the present tense and her adoptive mother Eve from earlier years. Both are walking a journey to discovery truth's, lies and murderers. Some creepy effects made it so much more thrilling. Right to just before the end you will be clueless.
This is a story that will creep under your skin and stay with you long after you’ve read it.
So many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.
This story is told in third person in primarily two timelines that follow Eve Foster in 1997 as she searches for her missing teenage daughter Kelsey in Nihla, New Mexico and Constance Foster, Eve’s adopted daughter, in present time as she has just inherited a house in Nihla, New Mexico that she didn’t even know that Eve owned and must meet certain conditions in order to keep it. This book was not for me. From the beginning, I had a hard time with my disbelief over this story.
The previous timeline felt like it was in a time that far predates the late nineties. I come from a small town and was a teenager during this time period, and I just had a hard time believing the limited choices that Eve had to find her daughter when the local police refused to help her nor that the entire town would be so nonchalant towards a missing teenage girl due to the later revealed reasons.
I also had a hard time reconciling the character of Connie in the current timeline in the way she was described. Her reasons for protecting Lisa to the extent that she did her whole life just didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I didn’t find the levels of manipulations and cruelty that she endured for the ignorant Lisa to be believable. Connie struck me as a survivor, but I found the whole “protector” label to be unbelievable. Connie was clearly willing and able to work hard to pay her rent and food, so her going along with all these stipulations just didn’t work for me.
That said, the story did pick up and pique my interest in the last half and I did enjoy the twists at the end. Recommended to domestic thriller lovers who don’t mind the cruel manipulation of children and a ton of dislikable characters.
Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for a copy provided for an honest review.
I'm putting Little Red House firmly into the category of why did I wait so long to read this one? It's gritty, complex, and all around addictive. It has all the elements of a truly great thriller. Live Andersson layers the story together, building a slow burn, until all the pieces fall into place and it bursts into flames. Thanks so much for the opportunity to review!
I didn’t get far into this book the use of profanity was over the top in the first couple pages. The profanity wasn’t necessary, and made an interesting premise very off-putting.
Reading Between the Wines book review #46/115 for 2023:
Rating: 3.5 🍷 🍷 🍷
Book 🎧: Little Red House
Author: Liv Andersson
Genre: General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers
Sipping thoughts: Crooked, crazy, deranged people make up this dark thriller. There was so much going on that I don’t even think I had a chance to figure out what was going on until it actually was revealed. If you like dark books with twists, you don’t see coming then this is the book for you.
Cheers and thank you to @NetGalley and @CrookedLaneBooks for an advanced copy of @LittleRedHouse.
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This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller!!
Absolutely loved the characters, the plot, the tension - impossible to put it down.
Connie Foster has always been the rebellious bad twin. Her psychopathic mom, Eve Foster, despite her incredible wealth, forced her daughter to live as a homeless person in major cities across the country. Now, Eve has drowned under mysterious circumstances. Connie's sister, Lisa (the good twin), has inherited the bulk of their Vermont estate, which is worth over thirty million dollars. Meanwhile, Connie has inherited a dilapidated little red house in Nihla, a dying New Mexico desert town.
Soon after moving to Nihla, Connie learns it is an evil town harboring many dark secrets. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, at least nine girls disappeared. Many were found horribly mutilated, their violated, tortured, and starved corpses stuffed inside garbage bags. Just prior to Connie's arrival, the murders have begun again. Threatening messages are left on her car, townspeople advise her to leave, and, one stormy night, bloody handprints are left on her house's exterior walls and windows. Eventually, Connie makes a horrifying discovery.
This was not as good as the synopsis, it was confusing and the whole mute thing made things worse.
Fast paced and gripping! Mind games and secrets galore.
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book really drove me up the wall. It had so much potential, I absolutely loved the beginning: eccentric families, down on their luck heroines, serial killers-sign me up! But after about a third of the way through, it really started to drag. The story became more about Eve in the past and Connie in the present talking to residents and gathering clues. I started to skim because nothing was happening. And if something did happen, it kind of felt out of pocket (Connie hooks up with multiple men and one came out of nowhere for me). However, I was still invested enough to keep reading and the book was probably a solid three stars but the ending didn't work for me at all. For how much time was spent on random witness questioning, the conclusion could've been fleshed out way more.
Little Red House is a very intriguing book. It splits between a 1997 storyline and present day, and centres around a woman called Eve, and her daughters.
It hooked me from chapter one, and then, it all sort of went a bit crazy.
Eve is one hell of a bi**h - I mean, this woman us deliberately cruel, cold hearted and pretty much sadistic. Lisa is disinterested in everything and Constance is pretty much effed up in the head because of Eve. And Kelsey is another story entirely.
But as much as I was intrigued, I was confused. And as much as I'd love to love it, I really can't. The ending was the clincher. I just couldn't wrap my head around it all. Which is a real shame, because there's lots of potential here.
Star Rating: 3.5
CAWPILE Rating: 7.36/10
Many thanks to the author, Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a pretty dark, grim book, which is usually fine for me but I struggled this time but not because of those things. I felt like I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and as the book went on I started to care and understand less of what was going on, not sure if I was just drifting or what. I thought the twist at the end was interesting but there was so much lead up getting to it that didn’t seem necessary to the plot that I felt lost at times and even now I’m dissatisfied with the ending, as though questions have been left unanswered.
Thanks for the opportunity to read this one!
This book was dark and twisted with an ending I truly did not expect. I was consumed by the suspense and could not put it down. 5 stars, highly recommend!
A dark atmospheric creepy thriller. Altough an intriguing read, it went on a bit too long. So I found myself skimming chapters to get to the end faster. The twist at the end though was amazing.
I got this arc in exhange for an honest review.
Little Red House by Liv Anderson
This was a very dark thriller mystery.
I found the jumping back and forth from 1997 to present a bit annoying. Very dark story, but well-written. Portrayed her characters well. Some were very evil. Many twists and turns..
Thanks to Net Galley for sending me an advanced reader’s copy for my review.
This is a hard one to review. The story kept my attention & I wanted to find out the ending but at the same time, it was a lot of back & forth with too many similar characters in the past vs present. Very twisty.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.