Panic Room by Robert Goddard
My own copy from my tbr pile
Sometimes the danger is on the inside . . .
High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter.
The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped.
But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness. Suddenly the whole world wants to know where his money has gone. Soon people are going to come knocking on the door, people with motives and secrets of their own, who will be asking Blake the sort of questions she can’t – or won’t – want to answer.
And will the panic room ever give up its secrets?
PANIC ROOM is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within.
Panic Room has a catchy synopsis and a cover to die for!!!! Seriously, that cover is intense! It really sets the scene for a psychological/thriller type novel.
Whilst this novel is a psychological thriller and will have you screaming ‘What or who is in the damn panic room?’. It is so much more than I first thought! A twisty ending that almost beat Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, yep it is that twisty! Obviously of a different style. I wouldn’t leave whopping spoilers in my reviews! But it is expertly done, similar to Pinborough!
At the tranquil location of Wortalleth West, a Cornish coastal home is Blake. She only shares the property with Glenys the gardener or Andy the pool man on the odd day they attend. She is therefore, able to swim, walk, run and full enjoy the peaceful surroundings. That is until Don arrives. . .
The owner of the property is Mona Jackson, wife to the notoriously secretive Jack Harkness. She wishes to sell the property and enlists the services of Fran Revell. In-turn Fran hires her ex-husband Don Challenor. Don is instructed to go to the property and carry out a valuation. As part and parcel of the divorce settlement and also as Harkness is under the scrutiny of the US government.
Unbeknown to Don, he is being followed. . .
‘He had just become a marked man’
When Don arrives at the property he is startled by finding a naked Blake in the pool. There is confusion over the ownership of the property. Blake believes Harness owns the property and she is there under his say-so. Whilst Don is instructed to evict Blake. Immediately. Through conversations and snippets of the press, we learn that US prosecutors seeking to try Harkness on multiple counts of fraud, bribery and embezzlement. But this is now simple case, at all.
Why would one of the worlds richest men, need to steal further millions of dollars?
Don and Blake believe they may have stumbled upon something when they discover a secret panic room, sealed from the inside.
‘I don’t feel safe anymore’ – Blake
Don agrees to stay at the property, whilst they attempt to unravel the mystery and basically discover what/who is behind the door.
In the background of the novel are some dubious characters who would love to bring Harness down for their own individual reasons.
They lurk around the house and follow Don and Blake’s every move.
The novel has various spin-off stories that fully enhance the reading. What/who is inside the panic room soon dominates your thoughts. I found myself itching to get back to the book and discover more secrets.
There are themes of wealth, greed and corruption. But finally, Goddard takes the crime fiction genre to a whole other level, with his outstanding ending! 5*