In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass Green
Her dream home will become her worst nightmare…
A dark and twisty psychological thriller from the No.1 ebook bestselling author of The Woman Next Door.
A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.
An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.
A twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…
The synopsis and the cover, had me massively intrigued! I followed the blog tour posts and simply HAD to HAVE this book!
The novel opens with Neve, a 30yr old woman, living with her sister Lou and her young family. The situation is strained and not helped by the fact that Neve appears to act rather selfishly. She is making her way home one night, across Waterloo bridge, when she stumbles across a dishevelled young woman. The woman is disorientated, she mutters some words and plunges from the bridge to her death!
But who is this woman? Why did she commit suicide?
“I’m sorry. Please forgive me. And keep it, if you can bear to” Issabelle
The young woman, Issabelle is later found dead. It is discovered she took certain provisions prior to the suicide, to ensure it was a succes and some provisions that will impact Neve, more than she can ever imagine……….
Christmas day at Neve’s sisters house ends in disaster and Neve is left feeling more and more distant from life. In the coming January she receives a letter from a solicitor. Neve has inherited Isabelle’s property a cottage in Cornwall. With nothing left to keep her in London, Neve flees to Cornwall.
When Neve arrives at Petty Whin cottage she discovers it is not the cosy cottage she has imagined. It is littered with rubbish, freezing cold and has bars on the windows.
The cottage has an uneasy eerie feeling and Neve feels more alone now, more than ever……….
Neve eventually befriends locals Sally, husband Will and son Matty. They become a lifeline of sorts and help Neve to understand who Isabelle was and why she would leave this cottage to Neve. Isabelle was known to suffer from mental health problems and in the weeks leading up to her death became convinced someone was watching her.
Was this a psychotic break? Or was someone really watching Isabelle?
The more Neve uncovers about Isabelle’s life, the more it appears to be a mystery. She finds random notes, photos of family memories and a link to Isabelle’s past. But what does it all mean? Then strange occurrences begin to happen and Neve becomes spooked herself. Frightened by the cottage but determined to reveal Isabelle’s past, Neve now has a new mystery to solve.
This novel is gripping and I read it in one day. At times I wish it had, been much darker, I could see how that could have fitted into the plot and kept readers on the edge of their seats. The protagonist of Neve, is very likable, despite her flaws. She felt like the younger sister, whom always makes mistakes. The background character of Isabelle echoes through the novel, long after her suicide. When the novel finally comes together, it has an intriguing twist. One I neither predicted, nor saw coming.
A fine edition to the crime fiction/mystery genre! 4*