A slow burn, but interesting read. Lots of plot twists and turns, some a little unbelievable but a good rainy day read overall.
This book held my interest the whole way through. Quite a number of suprises to keep you entertained. I love an unpredictable ending so this book definitely hit the mark for me.
This book was awesome. I loved this book and I was hooked from the beginning! And the twists! I never saw then coming or figured it out beforehand. So good!
I just reviewed The House Keeper by Valerie Keogh. #TheHousekeeper #NetGalley
In the chilling mystery novel, the author invites us into the haunting world of Cassie Macreddin, a woman grappling with the tragic loss of her husband, Richie. Seeking solace and a fresh start, Cassie moves to historic Hindon House, a place she hopes will be a sanctuary for healing and a refuge for her secrets. Little does she know that the grand estate carries its own dark past and concealed mysteries.
The novel unfolds as Cassie realizes that not everyone welcomes her arrival at Hindon House. A palpable tension fills the air, and she becomes the target of a mysterious force determined to drive her away. As the plot intensifies, we dive deeper into a web of intrigue, leaving us on the edge of our seats, questioning the motivations behind the sinister efforts to expel Cassie from her newfound refuge.
The character of Cassie is a compelling protagonist, haunted not only by personal grief but also by the unfolding mysteries surrounding Hindon House. Her journey to unearth the truth becomes a fight for survival, as events take a dark and ominous turn. The story masterfully builds suspense, creating an atmosphere where we becomes as invested in solving the mysteries as Cassie is.
The pacing of the novel is well-executed, with escalating events and hidden secrets coming to light at strategic moments. The author's vivid descriptions bring Hindon House to life, making it a character in its own right—a place with a past that refuses to be forgotten. The unraveling of the house's secrets mirrors Cassie's own journey of self-discovery and resilience.
This is a must-read for fans of atmospheric thrillers.
I just reviewed The House Keeper by Valerie Keogh. #TheHousekeeper #NetGalley
Starts off very slow and very hard to follow, slightly picks up towards the end but not one of Valerie Keoghs best , ideal reading for a rainy day
A good read. A but slow to start but we get to see the story of Cassie and how she comes to buy an old run Down house in Hindon. We get to see what happens when sh gets the builders in to revamp the house. A few unexpected twists and turns but an interesting story.
This was a slow burn and eventually got there for me but it took awhile. Not my favorite thriller but it was okay. The opening was shaky and I didn't really understand why the big buildup for not much pay off but again, ok for a domestic type thriller. Good setting and atmospheric.
This is definitely a thriller and is mind bending, suspenseful and unputdownable! What a great read.
Set in a quiet English country town where Cassie is renovating Hindon House but things in this small town are not as they seem and with strange things happening and an icy reception from the locals Cassie has yet to realise what she is being drawn into.
This is one of those books that will have you twisting and turning and not knowing which way is up. It is full of suspense, thrills and drama and it is a true page-turner. It is haunting in more ways then one and there is so much mystery surrounding this small community that you will want to pay attention so you can see what is happening.
A great read, well paced and well developed characters makes this a book to be on your TBR pike for sure.
Thank you NetGalley and Boldwood Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
This book was very good! I loved the suspense and the characters! I would definitely recommend and I’m excited to read other titles by this author!
In this gripping thriller-mystery novel, Valerie Keogh transports readers to a quiet town in the English countryside, where Cassie, recently widowed, undertakes the restoration of the dilapidated Hindon House. Initially focused on moving forward after her husband's death and breathing new life into the old property, Cassie soon finds herself entangled in a series of mysterious events. The villagers' strange reactions contribute to an eerie atmosphere, intensifying the thriller aspect of the narrative.
As Cassie delves into the renovations, the novel unfolds, revealing a complex and mysterious web of relationships, emotions, and the dark history surrounding Hindon House and the village. Keogh's skillful characterization and vivid setting propel the story forward, infusing tension into the narrative. The interactions among the characters, their enigmatic pasts, and Cassie's evolving understanding of them play a central role in shaping the mystery and uncovering the secrets that lie hidden.
"The House Keeper" masterfully immerses readers in the charm of an English village with a sinister past, keeping them engaged through lively characters and the allure of mysterious, vague histories. With its captivating storyline, Keogh's novel stands as a testament to her prowess in the thriller genre and serves as an excellent introduction to her body of work.
This book started off slow for me, and I had to put it down and keep going back to it. Claire ends up stalking Hannah, who she hasn't seen in quite some time and becomes obsessed with her.
Hannah is living a life that Claire feels should belong to her. She used to be thin and beautiful and has now gained weight and her appearance looks different, which is why Hannah doesn't recognize her when she becomes her housekeeper.
Overall a good twist/thriller, and I would recommend.
When Cassie moves out to the country to get away after her husband, sudden death. She finally makes her dream come true, and opens a B&B. But the house she picks ends up being a perfect character for this mystery sorry full of twists and turns the plots it keeps you guessing..
I just Love this authors books. every book I have read by Valerie Keogh I find they grip you from the beginning till the very end and The House Keeper by Valerie Keogh was no different. It was another brilliant book and I loved it! especially as it was a chilling twisty read.
I can not recommend this author enough. All her books have been a 4 to 5 star read and this one was No different - 5 star read. Just Brilliant!!!!
Big Thank you to Netgalley and Boldwood Books for access to this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Who wouldn’t love a story when the main character shares your name!
After losing her husband Cassie moves from London to an old house in the country to open a B&B called The Hinson House. This as been a dream for her and this house seems perfect! She’s hoping the renovations will help her get over the pain of her husband Richies death. Immediately things don't go according to plan and sinister things happen. Several of the village residents don't seem happy that an outsider has taken over Hindon House, but it's up to Cassie to find out who and why.
Cassie has given herself six months since the accident that had killed her husband Richie to get the house in working order. It’s soon apparent she’s hiding the truth behind her husband's death from her friends.
She’s shocked to uncover a pet cemetery on the grounds of the house. A graveyard or cemetery she did not want in her garden, the lights keep going out which makes her unsettled ,Then she hears how previous people who have lived there never stay very long. Is her new place haunted or is someone hiding a dark secret.
From the title the story was not what I was expecting at all - it had all the markings of a thriller but just missed that truly creepy thriller mark, that said I did enjoy the book
Cassie Macreddin has just bought historic Hindon House, it is in major need to upgrading and repairs but her vision to transform it into a B&B is starting to be thwarted from the moment she got the keys. From the power going out , to sabotaged floorboards, Cassie is beginning to realise someone doesn't want her in the house - be it human or spirit, she is determined to plow on as failure isnt an option.
Once the secret that the house was keeping was finally revealed the title finally made sense!
In this thriller-mystery novel, Keogh brings readers to a sleepy town in the English countryside, where recently widowed Cassie has purchased the decrepit Hindon House. Cassie, at first, focuses on moving on from her husband’s death and renovating and restoring Hindon Houses, but a series of mysterious events and strange reactions from the villagers add to the eerie atmosphere and the thriller aspect of this novel. The rest of the novel then follows Cassie around the village during her renovations as things become more and more complicated and mysterious. Keogh’s characters and setting really drive the novel forward, as so much of the tension involves characters, their relationships, their emotions, and the setting (Hindon House and the surrounding village). The characters and their relationships, as well as Cassie’s understanding of the other characters, really drive the story forward and shape the mystery and the backstory of Hindon House that Cassie unwittingly stumbled upon. Keogh’s thriller of a mystery immerses them in a charming English village with a dark past, and her characters engage the readers through their liveliness and their mysterious, vague pasts. The House Keeper lives up to Keogh’s standards and is a great introduction to her body of work.
I enjoyed this very creepy novel from Valerie. I couldn't stop reading this one and it led me up the wrong paths with its twisty clues. Very addictive and brilliant. My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
Cassie moves to the country to escape her past and build her dream. She dreams of owning and running a B &B . She falls in love with Hindon House a big run down mansion. She soon discovers that someone in the town doesn't want her to own Hindon House. Strange things start to happen and very strategic accidents. Cassie doesn't know if it's someone close to her or who it might be.
This is a slow, twisty mystery. I enjoyed the twists in the end and didn't see them coming. I especially loved the villain. I want to say more but won't ruin the book. I also liked Cassie's backstory.. is she a terrible person or someone were rooting for ?
Thanks to #BoldwoodBooks and #NetGalley for providing me with the ARC of #TheHouseKeeper by #ValerieKeogh. Still reeling from the sudden death of her husband, a young widow jumps into fulfilling her dream of a lifetime: opening a bed and breakfast out in the countryside. Cassie finds the perfect old house to help with her plan, to heal her pain and maybe hide a secret or two, but Hindon House has some secrets of its own to hide. The story weaves into a decent little mystery that got me staying up late a couple of nights! This was a well-crafted, taut story that kept me guessing until the very end.
As others before me have said in reviews the title didn't quite hit the mark with this.
Following a recent tragedy, Cassington sells up and moves in pursuit of her dream to start up a B&B and Hindon House seems like the perfect location to renovate and make her dream a reality.
It isn't long before strange happenings alert Cassie that all is not as it seems at Hindon House.
This book was bound with twists and turns and kept me guessing from start to end.