The Pool House by Tasmina Perry
A Summer To Die For
To Jem Chapman, it’s the chance of a lifetime. An invitation to join a group in an exclusive Hamptons house-share, who could say no? But when she discovers what happened last summer, Jem can’t help but feel a chill.
A young woman was found drowned in the house’s pool. The housemates said Alice was troubled. She’d been drinking. She couldn’t swim…
A Secret To Kill For
As Jem gets to know her glamorous new housemates, she realises each has something to hide. What really happened last summer? And who would go to any lengths to keep a person quiet?
This is not my usual type of book at all. It is however, my sister’s favourite genre! We read very different books and she has nagged at me for many years to try something from ‘her’ genre. So, I opened The Pool House thinking ‘this may not be for me’. But I was so wrong, it wasn’t long until I was texting my sister about the plot and absolutely hooked on the drama.
I think this would make the perfect beach read! Possibly not poolside read, due to the plot within! But nevertheless, perfect for the holibobs.
The novel opens with a prologue, a young woman named Alice is crying and alone. We are aware she is at the Hamptons and lives a life of wealth and privilege. A charmed life! But someone not so charming appears and utters the words ‘Hello, Alice. I knew I’d find you here. I think it’s time we had a talk’.
The novel then jumps ahead to the following summer. Young couple Jem and Nat, have recently moved to the US and getting accustomed to life in Brooklyn. Nat works long hours for a men’s health magazine. Leaving Jem lonely and isolated.
When they are invited to join Todd and Angela with two other couples at a beach house in the Hamptons, in the first week of September. Nat jumps at the chance, he is desperate to get ahead at work and appear to be hanging with the ‘in crowd’. Jem is more hesitant and concerned. She misses their life in England and feels that everything has changed since their move to the states.
‘This is going to be the summer of a lifetime’ – Nat
Once Jem has viewed the five-bedroom property in Wainscott, taken in the beautiful location and area. Her mind is firmly put at rest. But it isn’t long until someone mentions the previous couple David and Alice, that Jem becomes more suspicious. Alice drowned at the property the summer before under mysterious circumstances. The group of couples are quick to paint the picture that Alice was a drunk with other personal problems. They make it clear it is a topic best not discussed.
When the other couples return to their jobs. Alice is left behind in the property. She decides to spend the day taking in the sites as she is alone. She meets local author Michael Kearny. They strike up an instant friendship and Jem feels less lonely.
As you read the novel, you really get a sense of the seduction of the surroundings. You can relate to the characters on some level as their appetite for wealth, luxury and status increases. Yet it is not without its problems.
I did find myself peering over the top of the novel and saying to my husband ‘Oh, how the other half live’ lol
Jem’s friendship with Michael develops and he offers her a role as his PA. She is flattered by the job offer, but it isn’t until later she learns why she was picked. Michael wants to write about the drowning of Alice. With Jem acting as sort of mole turned investigator. Reluctantly she agrees, and the investigation begins.
By this point, I was gripped to the pages.
The novel then jumps back in time again to when Alice was alive, and we see her developing personality prior to her death. I quite liked Alice as a character, but I did get the sense she is the type of woman that is routinely talked about by others. Alice has a raw vulnerability mixed with self-sabotage. I wanted to know what happened to her, to put my own nosey intrigue to rest.
As said above, I am not a huge reader within this genre. But I know a good book when I see one! This novel is a 5* beauty! Perfect for reading when the sun is shining!
Enjoy this summer with a cocktail in the other hand!
***Currently available in Ebook for just £3.99 via Kindle & released in paperback 19th April***