No Place Like Home

A Gripping Psychological Thriller

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Pub Date 06 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 17 Aug 2018

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A woman’s new house brings a threatening mystery with it, in this dark, twisting tale.

Polly Cooke, in her mid-thirties, has finally left rentals behind and purchased her very own house. The first weeks in the house are idyllic, as she settles in and daydreams about decorating and turning the place into a real home.

But meanwhile, Jacob, a local man, has been watching her. What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly? Finally, one rainy night, she is on her way home—and spots the silhouette of a man in the window . . .
A woman’s new house brings a threatening mystery with it, in this dark, twisting tale.

Polly Cooke, in her mid-thirties, has finally left rentals behind and purchased her very own house. The first...

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Thanks to Bloodhound Books for an early copy of this book. What an interesting plot. I love domestic noirs like these. They are so relatable and unpredictable.

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You’re brought into the drama of the story right away. This book was very fast paced, dealing with obsessions and quite scary people. Scary and dangerous predicament to be in!

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Clear your diary!! No Place Like Home is really hard to put down once you pick it up. An intriguing read that shows how childhood can impact how a person develops and the rationale for their behaviors. The book takes the reader through many emotions, from sympathy with the main character, Polly all the way through to sheer d to dislike of her, at times. Polly is seeking what we all want in life, security; she believes she will obtain this by having a nice home. I found myself desperately wanting to get to the end of the book to uncover the story but also wanting to delay the enjoyment of the book. Rebecca Muddiman has a fantastic way of telling the story, in great detail but keeping the reader engaged. I am off to read some more from Rebecca.

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Gripped me from the beginning and didn't let up the whole way through. This is a dark psychological thriller with a fantastic plotline and believable characters. I was torn between not wanting it to end and not being able to turn the pages quickly enough. A definite winner!

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No Place Like Like Home is about a woman named Polly who,just bought her dream house. But is she safe? You won’t want to put this book down! Very suspenseful. I didn’t see a lot of the action coming.

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Thank you to Rebecca Muddiman, Bloodhound and Netgalley UK for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy of No Place Like Home. The book introduces us to Polly, in her thirties, she is tired of flat shares and renting and finally has her own home, Proud and fulfilled she is keen to stamp her mark on the property. Her Mum is in residential care, she has no partner and lives alone. On her way home, one day, she sees, from a distance, that someone is inside her home. Who is this person? What do they want? The back story then develops, where we see a man following her and waiting outside of her property, watching her. The suspense builds, as it appears that this man is stalking her. It transpires that all is not as clear as it initially seemed. Very good characters, even if not likeable. Suspense keeps the pages flowing, until all becomes clear. I devoured in one sitting, enjoyed and found the twists in the tale engrossing. It is my first introduction to the author and I would not hesitate to read another title by her..

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No Place Like Home Written by Rebecca Muddiman ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (rounded up) 3.75/5 stars Polly Cooke moves into her new home, hoping to start her new life. A couple weeks after moving in, she comes home to find someone in her house. Could this be the same man that has recently been lurking around the outside? Home is where one should feel safest! Liked Fast paced psychological thriller Characters - primarily main character Quick read - about 3.5 hrs Plot twist Ending Disliked Some chapters went over past 2 weeks, however it was choppy and I sometimes struggled in knowing if we were back in present time I liked it, but I didn't love it. Thank you NetGalley, Bloodhound Books and Rebecca Muddiman for the opportunity to experience this ARC. I will be referring this to others.

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I love a good domestic noir and this is one of the best I have read. At first I thought the main character Polly was paranoid, then I thought that it was all in head. It was a shock when I found out the truth. A memory from her childhood had planted a seed which continued to grow into her adult life. Polly wants what she thinks she deserves. This book was a page turner, finished it in one sitting and the ending was explosive. This is definitely one of my best reads of the month. I would like to thank the author Rebecca Muddiman,Bloodhound books and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.

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Thank you so much Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. For the first half of the book I was asking "Ok, this is interesting, but where is it going?" The second half was like. .. WHOAAA. Really good book!

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME This book had some many twists in it, I did not see none of it coming. I connected with Polly in the beginning, being that I just purchased my new home as well, and it needs some good decorating. But Polly, is not who she seems. Jacob being a pawn in the madness that is Polly, was heartbreaking. A PAWN FROM OVER THIRTY YEARS AGO!?!? Polly is selfish and utterly insane!! She thought of no one but herself and at thirfty-five, she has nothing better to do than to be a bully. Not only to Jacob, but to her Mum... all over a house. This was a page turner, and I could see it becoming some kind of a movie. The author's details, and the story is too hard to put down. Thank you Netgalley and Bloodhound Books for this ARC of No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman in exchange for my honest review!

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I just finished this novel and my mouth is still hanging open from the ending! Not since Gone Girl has a book left me thinking "what the..." Someone has been watching Polly....Polly is ecstatic at finally having her own home until she comes home to realize that someone is already inside. We see Polly navigate this fear through her daily life, dealing with her job and ill mother, with flashbacks. Hold on to your seats because you won't see this ending coming! Initially this book was really dry and hard to get in to. Its pretty wordy with each sentence feeling to hold too much detail but when it really gets going it hooks you in and you won't want to stop. The time sequencing is a little rough but really does add to the storytelling. Thank you to Rebecca Muddiman, Bloodhound and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy of No Place Like Home.

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I finished this book in a day and the reason Is simple. I could not put it down. It was too addicting. I’m surprised that this is my first novel by Muddiman. How have I not read any of her previous novels? Polly recently moved in into a new home. She calls it her dream home. But someone is lurking. Inside and outside of her house. Who is he and what does he want from her? It’s really unpredictable but once you get through the chapters, the story unwraps and you figure it out along the way. It’s very shocking. It really does astound me what people would do for the things they want. How far they would go to get what they want. After reading this novel, you question yourself. How far would you go? This novel was very interesting because at first you know who to side with. But then throughout the novel, you find yourself switching sides. It’s such an exhilarating ride that you will find yourself wondering why someone is stalking Polly. What has she done? The ending was a bit unsatisfying for me especially that last line because you already knew where it was going to go. The thriller element was definitely there and I do think this was important because many times while reading a thriller it will serve as a mystery rather than a thriller. This made me close my curtains and peek outside to make sure no one was watching me! Made me paranoid and I just love books like that! It did go really far. It just goes to prove that people are crazy and there are always two sides to the story and you gotta read it to find out what they are. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. A job very well done! Many thanks to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

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Sometimes when reading fiction your judgement of and empathy felt towards a character may change, sometimes quite dramatically when the full facts regarding their true nature and actions are revealed. There are few better examples of this than that of Polly Cooke the main character in Rebecca Muddiman's dark unsettling tale. The author of previous crime books "Murder in Slow Motion", "Gone", "Stolen", "Tell me Lies" and " Stilles Grab" Rebecca has now produced a deliciously twisting addition to the family noir genre resonating (although it has become a cliche) with elements of "Gone Girl". The story is narrated in the first person by Polly and it begins with her returning to her new home and seeing someone inside it. The following chapters are then set in the immediate past as Polly begins to tell her story and how she is being stalked by a character called Jacob who appears to have had a previous relationship with her but the full details are yet to be revealed. Immediately we have a sense that something is not quite right. Polly was previously sharing a flat with two other young women and laments on the almost impossibility of owning one's own place with or without a partner but in a short space of time she has now acquired what appears to be a reasonably sized property. And why would the furniture of the deceased previous owner who was an old lady still be there? I naturally do not wish to reveal too much of the plot but just to say that things that the narrator states perhaps should not be taken at face value. What I particularly liked was how eventually we got a rationale although undoubtedly twisted and depraved into the motivations behind the actions undertaken. The book was completed in under a day and certainly merited the couldn't put it down epithet as one reached the ending and the chilling final lines. A very enjoyable read which will I believe appeal to readers of this popular genre.

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Polly has finally managed to move into her own place. She is so chuffed and wanting to buy things for her own space- but all in good time. Meanwhile her mother is on a care home after being found a danger to herself and very confused.Polly feels that she has had rather a hard time in the past and is finally getting what she deserves. She arrives home to find someone is in her house. She doesn't know any of the neighbours yet and it is pouring with rain. Should she confront him or should for help? Who is in there and why? Chapters vary between the past ( a few weeks beforehand) and now. Oooh!!! One of those reads that envigles you into the pages and you find yourself trying to read faster and faster to find out what is happening. Just over halfway through and I was aghast at what was happening as I hadn’t seen it coming. I liked Polly to start with….. I won’t spoil anything by saying any more, other than prepare for the unexpected and maybe just maybe loyalties may change. A book to devour, one to get engrossed in. If you like one to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you up until you have finished it- then this could be the one. A brilliantly clever, well thought out read. (Rest of links as part of blog tour)

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I liked this book but it was kind of strange as well, I had to finish the book to see how it would end up. At times I thought I was the crazy one. Polly has her dream house. She's been waiting for the perfect time for a house of her own. Polly Cooke's life is torn upside down when her mother ends up in a nursing home. She's got what seems to be dementia and she tried to burn her house down. Polly tries to visit her often but her mother doesn't know who she is half of the time and Polly feels so guilty. She tries to work and spend time with her mother. Polly is leaving with a couple of women in an apartment until she meets with an old classmate of her's. Jacob has just gotten out of prison and he has lost his mother. Polly feels guilty and she wants to help him. She does help him and he's convinced they are boyfriend and girlfriend now. Polly is repulsed by him but she wants something from him and she has to be nice to get her way. This was a good story and I don't want to give too much away but this book is absolutely twisted. I couldn't believe what I was writing at times and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen at the end. This is a psychological thriller for sure!

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Wow, absolutely loved this book from the beginning to the end and it kept me gripped from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns. At first I wondered where the story was going but then wham everything fell into place and I couldn't put it down, just loved the way this author writes. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book, well done Rebecca a very worthy five star read.

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Rebecca Muddiman has given us a very thrilling domestic noir novel! The premise of the book is chilling and peaked my interest. Without giving away any spoilers, I can tell you that this one kept me up at night! Please read this book!

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Where do I start with this book?! It was sooo good, it was my first time reading Rebecca Muddiman and I have now added the rest of her books to my TBR pile! The book starts out with Polly on her way home and spotting a man in her new house, what is he doing there? Is he there to hurt her? Does she have a stalker?! This book seriously grabbed me from the first page and took me on a suspense filled ride with twists that literally had me holding my breath as I turned pages. I have already added Rebecca to my list of Favourite writers, Thanks so much to @Netgalley for introducing me this author and giving me the opportunity to read this book. #noplacelikehome #rebeccamuddiman #netgalley #tea_sipping_bookworm #goodreads #litsy #nickikendall

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This thriller was a real nail biter rollercoaster of a novel. I didn’t see any of the twists coming and I’m usually good at figuring out the twists ahead of time. I recommend this to any mystery and suspense fans.

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I received a copy of this book through netgalley and can honestly say that it is a triller with a twist to it,that I did not see it coming. The characters are life like and you feel a connection with Polly, the main character,and feel sympathy for her until you reach the end of the story and see her true colours,and her aim in life and the ways she goes around getting her goal. Jacob,seems a troubled character and on the verge of violence,and madness, but not is all that it seems with him and in the end he is the victim of the whole story. An excellent ending. This book must be on everyone reading list.

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Really enjoyed this story. Cant wait to read more by the same author. Enjoyed the twists and turns and didnt see the ending coming

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Very good story, lots of intrigue, suspense and few unseen twists!, well written and very edgy. Thanks #netgallery for the opportunity

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Ooh what a fab story! It's hard to actually know what to say about this one as to do so I think would give major spoilers away. Things definitely took a different turn to what I was expecting which is what makes this book really stand out for me.  The story flicks back and forth from present day to weeks leading up to current events. Polly could be any one of us. Sadly she spends her time visiting her mum who is in a care home as well as avoiding Jacob who seems to be obsessed with her and is stalking her. All Polly wants to do is make her new home her own and feel secure. She certainly gets the readers empathy to start with. No Place Like Home piqued my interest from the very first page. The further into the story I got, the more twisted and surprising it was. It really will mess with your head as you won't expect what's coming. Things definitely arn't as they first appear making this an absolute must read for fans of psychological thrillers.

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From the opening I was hooked. The timeline does jump, so you do have to concentrate on that to get the full benefit of the story and where you are. However- it was intense, creepy, and a total page turner. Polly was a fascinating character to get to know within the pages of this book. The whole idea was so freakishly dark and twisty. Just how I love my psychological thrillers. I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to reading more by this author.

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First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced copy for my kindle. The book starts with Polly who recently just moved into a new home. She starts by telling you how her ex Jacob is stalking her and seems to appear wherever she is. Polly’s mother recently had a stroke and is in the nursing home. She seems to have a round of bad luck. The more you get to know Polly the more you start realize there’s more to Polly than she’s letting on. One night she arrives home and finds Jacob standing in her living room. The story alternates between now and the past. You start to wonder whose the victim Polly or Jacob. I enjoyed this book it was quick read and I couldn’t put it down!

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No Place Like Home…. What would you do or what lengths would you go to for a house? Polly has finally gotten what she always wanted, a house of her own, her own sanctuary or at least it will be once she gets rid of the musty smell of the previous owner and puts her own stamp on it. At first you feel empathy for Polly, she has so much to deal with what with her mother in a nursing home after an accident in her house due to early onset dementia and then having a stroke, so she is trying to juggle going to work, visiting her mum every day and getting her new house in order. Until one day shortly after moving in, she comes home to see a shadow in the upstairs window, what will she do, does she call the police or go in and tackle whomever is in there? And so it begins!!! There is a constant shadow across the street staring in at her, driving her insane. Who is stalking Polly? Too easy to give away spoilers, so that’s where I’ll stop!!! YOU’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO READ IT TO FIND OUT!!!  I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read, fast paced with plenty of chill factor, however, I found it quite confusing to begin with, the story jumps between timelines and sometimes you have warning say “two weeks before” but then out of nowhere you could be back in present day so you have to be on your guard to keep you but you soon get used to it. An interesting plot line with a twist, I did figure out one of the twists, however this did not detract from the overall story. Many thanks to Netgalley, Bloodhound Books and Rebecca Muddiman for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Thriller writing at its best!! I loved this and would recommend it to all thriller lovers!!! I was so hooked I really lost track of time. This was a great read!!!

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This is a gripping read that really plays with your mind. Just when you think you know what’s going on, it’s turned on it’s head and you have to adjust to something else. The story is told from Polly’s point of view and there are a number of flashbacks which build up the story. When Polly sees a figure in her bedroom window she hesitates at first but then goes into her house. We learn that she knows this person but it takes a few more chapters to explain how she knows him and what he wants. It’s hard to say much more as I really don’t want to spoil it for you, but I will say that if you like a good thriller, full of twists then this is for you. Thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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I’ve just spent my afternoon reading this and I loved it. It was completely different than what I expected. Polly is a pretty normal relatable character. She’s in a job she doesn’t like and is feeling the emotional effects of her Mum being in a care home. Finally she’s got her own home, a place she wants to make as her own. Expect the unexpected with this read. I mentally high fives the author when she blind sided me. I wasn’t too keen on the way the story was told.. through the past and the present. However once I kept reading I understood that it had to be told that way. This is a five star read to me due to the amount of gasps coming out of my mouth. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman was one hell of a ride. Pardon my language. I do not think that I have ever read a book that scared me as much as this one did. Polly seemed like an average woman with average woman issues. However, after she bought a new home everything changed. Someone was there already. The writers ability to keep the pace was to me, beyond anything I was expecting. The plot was great and it did not let up until I finished reading. Even now as I write this review (at 2 A.M.) I am still feeling the aftermath. The ending is not what you would ever think. This was a vey fat paced story that delivers a huge punch. I want to, need to read more by this author. Thank you so much netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. 5++++ ⭐️ out of 5

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The first thing that drew me to this book was the synopsis. I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers and this one sounded right up my street. I wasn't prepared for how dark it was going to be. A word of warning, if you are triggered at all by any sort of violence/graphic content, then this book may not be for you. I found it to be quite disturbing in places but it just added to the intensity of the story for me. No Place Like Home centres around Polly Cooke who has just got her new home. Finally she has a home that she can call her own. One night when she's on her way back from work, Polly notices a shadow in the window upstairs. Someone is in her house! She's not sure whether to go in and confront them or tell the police. I can't say too much more without giving away spoilers and I really think this book is made for reading without knowing too much about it. I can't even discuss the characters without giving too much away. Just know that they are all very interesting. I kept thinking I had picked a side to be on, but my mind changed constantly. No Place Like Home has lots of twists and turns along the way. The story can seem a little disjointed but as you read it begins to unravel and you begin to understand what on earth is going on. I think this book is well worth reading, especially if you're into intense page-turners!

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This is a gripping psychological read with twists that I didn't see coming which I love. I started reading it thinking it was going to be the story of Jacob's obsession with Polly but it was more than that. All Polly wants to do is own her own home but she will do it at any cost, I really enjoyed it.

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I enjoyed this dark thriller. It is full of plot twists and I did not want to set it down. I wanted to see what Polly would do next.

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No Place Like Home took me on a ride like a roller coaster! When I was reading and getting more involved in this great book I noticed the chapters going back to another time. At first it annoyed me but then as the story started to unfold I understood the reasoning for it. I couldn’t wait to read this book everyday. This woman who had finally got the home she worked so hard for was getting her life together. Her Mom was in a nursing home but all else was good, until it wasn’t. I never expected the outcome of this story. Worth every page, #Noplacelikejome #netgalley

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I was delighted to be invited to take part in the blog tour for No Place Like Home as I’ve loved Rebecca Muddiman’s previous novels and so was certain that I would love this one. I’m so happy to say that this was a great read and I was gripped! No Place Like Home is the story of Polly who has recently moved in to her new home and she is so excited to have a place that is all hers where she can feel cosy and safe. She has quite a dull life working an office job and keeping herself to herself but she’s also coping with her mum being recently moved to a nursing home due to a stroke. She visits her regularly and finds the situation really stressful and tough. On top of this she soon notices that a man keeps standing outside her house and staring in at all hours of the day and she is increasingly annoyed and then unnerved by him. Polly isn’t sure how to handle the situation but then things begin to escalate and she has to do something! This novel is so twisted! It starts off like I expected it to as we get to know Polly and see how her life is and how she deals with Jacob watching her but as the situation escalates the novel becomes increasingly thrilling. The way this novel goes back and forth in time really heightens the tension as we begin to form a picture of how Polly ended up with Jacob obsessively watching her. I became more and more unnerved as the book went on but I could not put it down! It drew me in and kept me reading until the small hours of the morning because it reached a point where I couldn’t sleep until I knew how this book was going to end. This is a hard book to review because you’re best going into it not knowing much more than it says in the blurb so I’m keeping this vague on purpose. The main thing you need to know is that this is a brilliant psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes all the way through. It’s a novel that will have you wondering how far you, or someone you might know, would go for what they want! I highly recommend it!

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By reading the short blurb, you might think it’s a simple case of an obsessed stalker and Polly trying to shake him off. But it is so much more than that. It took on an unexpected yet welcome turn. It started real strong with Polly coming to find a stranger in her new house and it turns out he’s not a stranger after all. But after that, it started to go slow and becomes a bit confusing as it switches from the present and few weeks before and some instances months before, leading to her acquiring the house. There’s no indication at the start of some chapters to signify if it’s past or present and it can be puzzling. But once I get past that, I was absorbed by Polly’s plight. The story has a steady pace but can be repetitive. Polly is an unreliable character and I never liked her from the start. I immediately feel there’s something off about her with the way she handled situations and how she interacts with people. And so, it’s easy for me to get an inkling on what’s really going on and was not surprised when I was proved right. As the truth slowly unfolds, it gets more surprising, the character more twisted, and it sucked me in deeper into the story. I was invested despite not liking any of the characters. On the whole, No Place Like Home is a solid psychological thriller and a really good read that fans of the genre might enjoy.

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Very interesting definitely worth the read and I believe that this will be an author to look out for.

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I won’t say much without giving anything away but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Rebecca kept me on my toes the entire time! Polly has her home but what happens when she comes home to find someone inside? Well I recommend everyone grab this book when it releases!

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4 Twisted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Toto,I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!“ What happens when your dream house turns into your worst nightmare??? Wow this was quite the twisted story! Not even sure how to approach this review, can’t say much otherwise I will spoil this for you... This book was NOT what I was expecting! It took a turn and it took it pretty early on I did not see coming at all... and you won’t either... therefore this vague review.... The book starts with Polly coming home to her dream house... there is a jump in the narrative between past and present that isn’t always as clear as it could be, and admittedly I did find this confusing at times... we also find out straight away that Polly has a stalker... not saying anything more than that!🤐 A cleverly crafted story that made me feel a little paranoid at times.... these characters were so untrustworthy... I had no idea who to believe and my allegiance was continually shifting.... I do like to get into the mind of crazy so this book definitely did not disappoint when it came to that! Recommend for fans of a terribly twisty psychological thriller! *** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

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No Place Like Home is a thriller that will really get under your skin. Don’t be fooled by what you see, this book will take you by surprise. Rebecca Muddiman’s latest novel explores a terrifying scenario that many people may think about but don’t think will ever happen to them. The thought of someone breaking into my house absolutely terrifies me and this is what Rebecca’s protagonist is faced with when the novel begins. We are introduced to Polly Clarke who has recently moved into her dream home. One evening she returns to her house to find someone else inside, shattering the façade of the idyllic, perfect home she has worked so hard for and dreamed about for so long. She doesn’t know who this person is or what they are doing. Rebecca captured Polly’s fear in a very real and believable way here and you immediately get a sense of how vulnerable she is, especially as she lives alone. But as Polly is facing this new, terrifying predicament we move back in time to see events in the lead up to this day and it is here that the story really becomes interesting. Rebecca Muddiman really messes with the readers head as we get to know the characters and this is what I really liked about this book and it is what kept me engaged. The pace does slow down a little after the shocking opening – when we move back in time – but as our lead character started to realise she was being stalked, I wanted to know if this was connected to what had happened in the opening pages and I also wanted to know why this was happening to her. Rebecca kept up the suspense as I waited to find out what was going to be the outcome for Polly and she kept me invested in her character. I was intrigued by both Polly and her stalker, Jacob and as their characters developed and Rebecca revealed their past history my perception of them both began to change. There was some fascinating character development in this book and I felt as though I connected, in some ways, with both of them. This is where it becomes really tricky not to talk much more about the plot here as I don’t want to give anything away. But the direction in which Rebecca took the story caught me by surprise. Rebecca controls the atmosphere in her story well and this also worked with the reveals about the characters and their lives, it made me think that there were sinister revelations to come and it kept me flicking the pages as I hurried to get to the end and Rebecca delivers an absolutely chilling ending. This is a book which you will want to be pressing into the hands of friends and family. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for providing me with an advance review copy of the book.

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Holy cheeseballs, this book!!!! Gripping - TICK Addictive - TICK Complete and utter head funk - TICK, TICK, TICK! 'No Place Like Home' is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. It is also proof that readers automatically side with the person who they deem the weakest leak, or the person who they feel is the 'victim'. Well, it's proof that I did, anyway. The author tells the story of Polly, a woman who, as far as we are made aware, has had a turbulent life so far. Her trust in people is non-existent, and she is fearing for her life due to an unsavoury character from her past reappearing. Polly has tried to rebuild her life and start anew in a new house which she can now call her own. Who wouldn't feel sorry for Polly? Again, nothing is ever as it seems and Rebecca Muddiman cements that fact time and time again in 'No Place Like Home'. There were a a couple things in the book which shocked me and made me feel pretty uncomfortable, yet they weirdly tied in with the overall storyline brilliantly - even if my mouth did resemble a desert.... I am very impressed by Muddiman's cleverly crafted storyline, as well as her ability to dangle pieces of information in front of her readers, only to change her mind and the situation rather suddenly. Anytime I thought that I could understand Polly's character, it didn't take long for it to become clear that I actually didn't understand Polly, and to be honest, I don't think I ever would be able to. I'm not complaining either, in fact it raised my curiosity tenfold. 'No Place Like Home' completely funked over my mind. It really did. From start to finish the author had a hold over me, with the only way out being the end of the book. If you're after a book which keeps you guessing, takes you on a rollercoaster ride, AND completely stuffs up your way of logical thinking, then this book is definitely for you. Rebecca Muddiman is a new author for me, but after reading this comprehensive, gripping, and uncomfortable addictive storyline, I can guarantee that this won't be the last book I read of hers either.

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So in this story we meet Polly who arrives home to find someone inside her house and this is the start of a very twisty story. It will be quite hard to go into too much detail as it would definitely ruin the surprises that are waiting for you. What I will say is that this story has different timelines so the reader can go back and see how everything started. These little flashes into the past made me even more curious about the present! Some of the transitions could have possibly been a bit smoother but on the whole I think this probably helped to keep me on my toes. Polly's character is very intriguing and I enjoyed how Rebecca Muddiman built up her personality. Along with revealing certain things when I wasn't necessarily expecting them. I finished this book pretty quickly as the story pulled me in and left me desperate to figure it all out. Some of the actions by the characters were shocking and you certainly wouldn't want to get mixed up with them! The story moves at a good pace and I loved being kept on my toes with some clever twists. If you liked to be shocked and surprised then No Place Like Home will keep you intrigued until the very last page! Four stars from me! With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy.

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No spoilers here means no lengthy review. Just one piece of advice - read this! It was a little slow to get started, but boy does it wallup a punch. I recommend this to anyone who likes a twisty, psychological read.

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Polly buys her dream house, which turns into a living nightmare for her. Is someone in her house or is she imagining the shadow in the window upstairs? This book had twists I was not expecting!

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No Place Like Home had me reading at all hours of the day I could find time to fit in a few more chapters! You sympathise with the main character from the off, but soon come to have the twisty knowledge we all look for in a good thriller and the whole plot thickens. Clever storyline and thoroughly enjoyed reading in under 48 hours! Will go on to read more by this Author!

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I am really not sure how I feel about this book. Everything I thought I understood was turned on it’s head by the end. Great writing and very well done. An unusual story to say the least. #NetGalley

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As she is a local North East author, I've wanted to read a Rebecca Muddiman book for a while so I jumped at the chance to read her fifth novel, No Place Like Home. It took me a little while to get into the book, as the chapters seemed to jump between timelines without notice, but once the pieces started to fall into place I realised what a clever book this is. I think as readers we are perhaps a little spoiled by having 'then' and 'now' labelled on chapters; sometimes it's obvious and other times it's not. Well, No Place Like Home falls into the latter category but once you get into the rhythm of the book it does become easier to spot...so bear with it, readers! I have to be honest and say that I didn't have a clue what the heck was going on at first but I was definitely intrigued enough to find out. Polly returns to her new home one evening to find someone in her house; her fear turns to anger as she recognises the intruder when he puts the light on. We then jump back a few weeks to around the time she moved in and she notices somebody across the street watching her as she draws her curtains for the night. I hate the thought of being watched without my knowledge so I totally empathised with Polly; she should feel safe and secure in her own home, not threatened and afraid. When we find out that the man watching her is Jacob, an old schoolfriend of Polly's, I could feel my interest levels going up a notch. They weren't exactly friends at school but when they run into each other years later, Polly is too nice to say no to befriending Jacob...and Jacob doesn't want to be 'just friends'. I really felt for Polly when she tells one of those little white lies we often tell people to avoid hurting their feelings, only it means a lot more to them than we realise. I was thinking 'uh-oh, she's said the wrong thing there' as green for go flashed in Jacob's mind. Now I can't say too much else about the plot without giving the game away, but I just have to say that I have never been more wrong about a character in my whole reading life. The feelings I had towards this character did a complete 180 as Rebecca Muddiman shows us how very deceptive appearances can be. No Place Like Home is sinister, unnerving, creepy and utterly surprising. I felt as if Rebecca Muddiman had got inside my head and pulled all the right strings before revealing how very manipulated I had been. Well played, Ms Muddiman! I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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I really liked this book! I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’ll give something away. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

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For starters, I love the title of this book. I agree, there is no place like home. You can relax, be yourself and feel safe and content. There is no place I would rather be. Polly feels the same way. Can you blame her? This story opens with Polly Cooke just trying to get home. She is tired from working hard and wants to go home and relax. Except she looks up to her home window and sees him. Her stalker appears to be in her house! He is everywhere. What is poor Polly to do? She is 35 years old and just got her own home. A home she really had to work hard for. Trust me, she really did have to work hard to obtain this home. On that note, that is all I can say. Usually I go much more into detail with a review, but it would defiantly spoil it for you if I did. Honestly up until half way into the book I was on the fence about how I felt about it. It was good, but I wasn't really sure what direction it was going. Then it happened, about half way into the book it took a huge turn. It has been awhile since I have been so caught off guard with a book. I literally could not put it down. The author was brilliant in lulling me into a false sense of thinking I knew what was going on. I never saw this coming in a million years. Plus even when I thought I knew what was going on, the utterly shocking details kept unfolding. There is some really evil twisted things going on in this book and I LOVED it!!! 5 fabulous stars from me! Thank you so much to Rebecca Muddiman, Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

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This was a really fast read which was highly enjoyable. Not really much can say without spoiling the plot but plenty twists! Loved it!

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Polly Cooke 35 has moved into her dream home and is looking forward to doing renovations and making it her own. On her way home she looks up at the bedroom window and thinks she sees a figure standing there. There is so much I want to say about this book but I don’t want to give anything away!! I love a story where you really don’t know what’s around the next corner, This book is unpredictable and chilling. This is a must read, if you like twists and surprises then you won’t be disappointed. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

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A clever and interesting read with a shocking twist. This intriguing story was a real page turner and very entertaining. I'd recommend to those looking for a quick and light crime novel 4/5 stars

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Well told story that will have you guessing and trying to figure out what's going on from the first page until the last. I couldn't put it down because I just had to know what was going and I think that you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy reading!

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COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! Great easy reading. Brilliant story. Can't wait t read more from this author

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This was a fantastic read couldn't put the book down ,I can't wait for the next book from this author, well done to the author for this book.

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Polly Cooke just moved into her own home. But she seems to be having a tough time recently. Her mother had a stroke and almost burned her house down so she is in a nursing home. Then Polly is being stalked by a former classmate. But the more you read then more you learn that there is way more to this story than first glance. The story bounces between the present and a couple weeks prior. Polly was living with a couple other roommates when she meets up with Jacob. Even though we think Jacob is a stalker, there is so much more to this story and to say much about it kind of ruins the plot. I was very surprised by the direction the book took from near the beginning. The one thing I admit that I had a hard time with was when the book was taking place. There are a couple times when you would shift between the past and present with no notice. It made following along not very easy and when the timelines converge things go a little wonky then too. But this was a good book and one that will keep you on your toes. This is my first book from Rebecca Muddiman but it will not be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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A big thank you to Bloodhound Books and Rebecca Muddiman for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is so gripping because it's fast-paced and there is constantly some new twist changing your perspective. Just when you think you know where this story is going. it flips on it's head and refuses to give in. This book follows Polly who has finally got a house of her own after living in a flat with housemates she didn't really like, a job that she doesn't really enjoy and her Mother having been put into a residential home due to ongoing memory and health problems. Then one day on her way home, Polly realises there is someone inside her house and she decides to confront them. If I'm totally honest, I expected this book to be a cookie-cutter basic thriller about a home-invasion but I couldn't have been more wrong. If you are a thriller fan. check this out! If you are not a thriller fan, still check this out! The only reason I gave this book a four star rather than five is because the ending was very sudden and abrupt for me. I turned the page expecting to read the next bit but I was suddenly at the acknowledgements. Overall, this book is fantastic and I would highly recommend it!!

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Creepy, twisty and atmospheric. Great read that was truly gripping. Strong themes and characters. Really enjoyed this book

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No Place Like Like Home is about a woman named Polly who,just bought her dream house. But is she safe? You won’t want to put this book down! Very suspenseful. I didn’t see a lot of the action coming.

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For other thrillers I have read lately, this book had me guessing and the storyline was unique. Polly was a very interesting character that i enjoyed reading about. Very bold story

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Polly Cooke wants nothing more than to live a quiet house in her new home, but while walking home she sees someone is in her house. Who could it be and why she wonders. A suspense filled read that keeps you wondering what is going on. A page turner that keeps you guessing until the end. I started reading this one morning and finished it that night.

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I was on edge from the beginning. Scared, actually, the further I read. And the tension shifted and twisted with each chapter — to the point where I thought, “nope, never having my own place again.” Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop: like the car crash that you JUST can’t stop looking at. What I didn’t like was the jumping back and forth in time! I get it, and it was necessary I suppose, but I’ve never like books that do this.

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I absolutely loved this book and Polly Clarke. Great storyline that had me hooked right to the end. Would highly recommend to other readers

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This book is one of those that makes you wonder from page one until the end, on how and what exactly will happen. It was written very well. I thought the way it was brought into play engaged the reader and excited them to find out more, have used in a daily challenge and will be recommending to members of Chapter Chatter Pub.

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I received an advanced copy from netgalley of No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman, in exchange for an honest review. This book is a must for those who crave a good psychological thriller. Polly has always wanted a home of her own and finally achieves that dream. Things take a turn when she realizes there is someone else in her home. This book has many twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it.

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From the first half of the book, I wasn't initially sure I was going to like it. There were lots of hints that something had happened to make Polly feel unsafe but it takes a while for this to really start being unpicked. And when it does, it suddenly becomes a gripping and compulsive read. I had mixed emotions about Polly's characters which continued to change as the plot unfolded - massive thumbs up to the author for putting together such a complex character! By the time I got to the end, my head was spinning but in a good way. Highly recommend! I read it in an afternoon and evening as I just couldn't put it down in the end.

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Great book with an interesting plot. Awesome characters and I didn't see a lot of it coming. I kept wanting to read more. Highly recommend.

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