‘My stomach is in knots!’ Motherhood for Slackers, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Devastating and jaw-dropping’ A Tick to Everywhere, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘OMG!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Fantastic! I absolutely loved every page.’ Books and Candles, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Everyone is going to the housewarming party.
All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished…
Will her mother finally learn the truth?
Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.
A year later, the Lovegoods are planning their long-anticipated housewarming party. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.
But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.
Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.
She’s about to find out she was wrong…
Brilliantly dark and moving suspense fiction for fans of Gillian Flynn, Claire McGowan and Lisa Jewell, The Housewarming will have your pulse racing and your heart in your mouth from start to finish.
See what readers are saying about The Housewarming:
‘So emotional and raw and so well written… Many twists and turns and the climax and ending… OMG!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘My stomach is in knots!… The tension doesn’t let up for a second. If I’d had the time to read it in one sitting, I wouldn’t have put it down until the last word.’ Motherhood for Slackers, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Heartbreakingly stunning… what an ending!!… ohhhhh my it’s a terrific read’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘My heart was in my mouth on more than one occasion reading this book!!… Just when you think you’re at the end of the story… another twist comes along. Gripping book which kept me wanting to read more!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I just could not put this book down… The tension ramps up and up until you feel like you might explode. I devoured the book as quickly as I could and was frustrated with myself for needing sleep… Extraordinary and brilliant’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Amazingly suspenseful…I absolutely devoured it… brilliant twisty story’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Just when I thought I had it all worked out, the author threw in another curve ball, spinning me round and setting me off in a completely different direction. Phew, what a ride… Had me literally glued All The Way Through.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Brilliant… A heart-stopping thriller… highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Another 5* read from S E Lynes. I am running out of ways to describe how much I love her books… brilliantly crafted, well written and super absorbing… I have to remind myself to come back into the real world!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Everything I have come to expect from this author – gripping, shocking, well written and unputdownable. Absolutely brilliant.’ NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Excellent… Captured me right from the start, right up to the climactic ending and with more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction… It was essential to find out what happened. No way did I see that outcome… Will keep you enthralled’ Jenny O’Brien, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Slow start, but amazing twist!!
Ava and Matt’s young daughter Abi disappears through the open front door. There is a massive search and all they find is her toy, Mr. Sloth, her hat and her coat. Without knowing what happens, they can’t find any closure.
I’m not a mother, so I just can’t imagine the suffering of your daughter being missing and your guilt of your part in her disappearance. How do you move on without knowing. At times Ava is with her therapist and discusses that each day is new and if today goes badly, tomorrow will be new again. How hard is it to remember tomorrow is a new chance when we ourselves fail in something trivial? She is so sick of neighbors and friends saying God only gives us what we can handle and everything happens for a reason. How many of us are guilty of saying these types of things trying to build someone up not realizing it may not be the first time they’ve heard that today?
The book bounces back and forth from the event in the past and the present. The early on family drama was a little repetitive, but the book really moved along once everyone attended the neighbor’s housewarming party. And while I suspected everyone I met in the book, including Ava and Matt, you’ll be shocked at the ending.
Terrible characters, Dull
⚠️ Outlier alert
I love books that are carefully scripted, have great characters and the dialogue keeps me turning pages. Unfortunately this book was none of those things.
The fact that it’s labeled a thriller, imho, was an injustice. After the initial scare of 2 year old, Abi, gone missing, the book for me slowed down to the point I was skipping pages, searching for movement.
Most of the book involved the parents’ angst and anguish, understandably. But it went on too long for me. There were many lies in the book, but once the initial lie came out I was too irritated to care about much else.
I didn’t even find the parents very likable, nor interesting.
I’m in the minority here and I’m glad that most others enjoyed this book.