A Gingerbread House
by Catriona McPherson
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Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2021
Canongate Books, Severn House Publishers
When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love.
She’s making a mistake.
Ivy enters Kate’s fairytale cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland . . . and she doesn’t come out.
She’s the first to go missing.
She won’t be the last.
Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Tash’s journey is just beginning . . .
Multi-award-winning master of suspense Catriona McPherson is back with an ominous, twisty psychological thriller set in contemporary Scotland that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Average rating from 48 members
A Gingerbread House, a thriller by Catriona McPherson is deliciously disturbing. Characters are an artful mix of sweet and spicy, just the way you expect a good gingerbread to turn out. The story follows four women, all losing their way in the world. Our main focus is on Tash Dodd, the daughter of a successful shipping company owner. Big Garry is your typical big fish in a little pond, setting up his business outside of the major metro areas. Even though Tash has known a privileged life, she chose to focus on the work, viewing herself as the worker bee of the family while her brother got stoned, her mom upgraded their house, and Big Garry grew the business. But when an unexpected phone call on a hidden phone overturns everything she thought she knew about her family, their business, and the world they’ve built for themselves, Tash makes a run for it. As she travels through rural areas of Scotland, giving the reader little appetizers and tastes of the country, her path crosses with three other women, women who are about to be plunged into a hellscape with very little chance of rescue. The reader will find themselves urging Tash on, willing her to find these vulnerable women and many like them, before it’s too late. The suspense of this novel is pitch-perfect, starting out at a steady, even clip and building until you simply cannot stop turning the pages. McPherson’s Scottish voice is wonderful, never too complex so that you can’t follow, even if you don’t know the slang-du-jour. The evil lurking on the pages of A Gingerbread House is both in plain site and hiding behind a veil of secrecy. McPherson will keep you guessing until the final pages. I simply loved this thriller and I think thriller fans everywhere should grab this one as soon as it’s available. Huge thanks to Ms. McPherson, NetGalley, and Severn House for an advanced copy in exchange for my review.