Book Review: A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson
Title: A Gingerbread House
Author: Catriona McPherson
Publisher: Severn House
Genre: Psychological thriller
Release Date: 1st July 2021
US Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0727850016
Severn House: http://severnhouse.com/book/A+Gingerbread+House/9193
An invitation you can’t refuse. You should . . .
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 . . .
This novel is split into two distinct threads; one following Tash who discovers a disturbing family secret and the other is the disappearance of three women. Tash’s story has a gangster-type feel as she conspires to expose her findings but in her own way while the other women’s tales are disturbing, eerie and give the story a darker fairytale-like quality which made me keep turning the pages until the end. The characters were distinct from each other but were all inflicted with the feeling of something missing in their lives allowing them to be manipulated in meticulous ways. I wasn’t sure how the threads would collide but when they did the midway, the story picked up speed towards the thrilling and satisfactory conclusion.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a new author for me but I enjoyed the story they weaved to produce this unique, thrilling psychological thriller set in a Scottish landscape. I’m excited to add Catriona McPherson back catalogue.
Born in West Lothian and educated at Edinburgh University, Catriona McPherson has been a full-time fiction writer since 2001. She is the multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver historical mysteries, the Last Ditch mysteries and a number of standalone psychological thrillers. She lives in northern California.
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