The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood

4 Stars from me

The story alternates between present day and a few years ago – present day is Lisa and her little boy who are on the run from her controlling partner – and the older story is from the previous occupants of the house on the lake.

I have to admit I was peeved when the first ‘older’ chapter appeared as I hadn’t realised it was that style of story and I was really into the present day… However, I very soon become utterly drawn in to both timelines and can honestly say I enjoyed them equally.

The house was so well described – it sounded AWFUL! I wouldn’t have stayed there for 5 minutes, fair play to Lisa for putting up with it.

The two storylines run alongside each other very well and as you would expect there comes a points where the two cross – some interesting little sidelines and a few unexpected moments, overall a good solid page turner.

Blurb: No matter how far you run . . . He’s never far behind

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?

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