"Strangers at the Gate is one of her best." - New York Times bestselling author Ann Cleeves
From Catriona McPherson, Agatha Award-winning author of Quiet Neighbors, comes Strangers at the Gate: a twisty, fascinating mystery that asks the question: who do you turn to when everyone's a stranger and you've stopped believing your own eyes?
Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy's been made partner at the law firm in town, and Finnie has snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can't believe their luck.
But only days after moving into the gate house, Finnie begins to have doubts. She keeps hearing strange sounds, and the thicket of trees make her feel claustrophobic rather than safe. When they witness the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder, it changes everything. They've each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won't survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.
And that's only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finnie and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they've lost control of the game they decided to play...
From Agatha-winner McPherson (Go to My Grave) comes this atmospheric standalone set in Scotland, where Edinburgh attorney Paddy Lamb gets his dream job: a partnership in a small law firm in the quaint town of Simmmerton, along with the free use of a lodge owned by his new employer, Lovatt Dudgeon. Paddy's wife, Finn, is even offered a plum job as a deacon in the local church. The dream rapidly sours as the city-bred Finn begins to hear voices and see lights moving through the dense woods surrounding their secluded new home. A full-fledged nightmare unfolds when Paddy and Finn stumble across the bloody bodies of Lovatt and his wife. With secrets of their own to hide, Paddy and Finn are in no position to alert the authorities; now they can only wait for someone else to discover the bodies. As the days creep by and the mysteries around her deepen, Finn comes to suspect the killer is the man she thought she knew best. McPherson spins a tense tale of murder and deception. Fans of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca will find much to like.
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Twisty and Tense
STRANGERS AT THE GATE is a twisty, tense novel. There are a lot of surprises in this book, many which I did not see coming. The Scottish phrases and atmospheric setting are an added bonus. An enjoyable read for those who like unpredictable suspense stories.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.