The Villa The Villa

The Villa

A Novel

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Publisher Description


"Hawkins weaves an engrossing tale about betrayal, sisterhood, and the power of telling your own story. Captivating!" ––People

"Hawkins is the reigning queen of suspense." ––Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

The bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs returns with a brilliant new gothic suspense set at an Italian villa with a dark history.

As kids, Emily and Chess were inseparable. But by their 30s, their bond has been strained by the demands of their adult lives. So when Chess suggests a girls trip to Italy, Emily jumps at the chance to reconnect with her best friend.

Villa Aestas in Orvieto is a high-end holiday home now, but in 1974, it was known as Villa Rosato, and rented for the summer by a notorious rock star, Noel Gordon. In an attempt to reignite his creative spark, Noel invites up-and-coming musician, Pierce Sheldon to join him, as well as Pierce’s girlfriend, Mari, and her stepsister, Lara. But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to Mari writing one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Lara composing a platinum album––and ends in Pierce’s brutal murder.

As Emily digs into the villa’s complicated history, she begins to think there might be more to the story of that fateful summer in 1974. That perhaps Pierce’s murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong, but that something more sinister might have occurred––and that there might be clues hidden in the now-iconic works that Mari and Lara left behind.

Yet the closer that Emily gets to the truth, the more tension she feels developing between her and Chess. As secrets from the past come to light, equally dangerous betrayals from the present also emerge––and it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.

Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Manson murders, and the infamous summer Percy and Mary Shelley spent with Lord Byron at a Lake Geneva castle––the birthplace of Frankenstein––The Villa welcomes you into its deadly legacy.

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 3
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Brit Naglieri ,

Dual Timeline Murder Mystery

“Houses Remember”
“Does one murder a murder house make?”

In this book, there are two points of view in alternating timelines. The present-day story involves two best friends, or frenemies, who grew up together but have grown apart over the years. They are both writers of different genres, and decide to spend the summer together at a villa in Italy to work on their writing.

The 1970’s timeline gives me Daisy Jones vibes. A rockstar invites some ‘friends’ to a villa in Italy he rents for the summer to work on an album. Mari, the narrator, is trying to write her first novel, and also keeps a diary of events that summer – which include a famous murder.

This is my third book by this author, and in the past, I have felt a lack of connection to her characters. While the characters of The Villa were not particularly loveable, I think I felt more invested in them and their stories. I enjoyed the setting in Italy, the dueling timelines, and the stories within the story. I don’t think this book had quite the shocking twists or thrills of her other novels, but I love a good murder mystery! I was very curious how the two storylines were going to intertwine, and enjoyed the similarities between the two narrators. Although the book was slow to start, I found both stories compelling and finished the last half very quickly. I have some thoughts about the ending, but I think that is consistent with this author!

“Inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Manson Murders, and the infamous summer Percy and Mary Shelley spent with Lord Byron at a Lake Geneva castle – the birthplace of Frankenstein” (Publisher blurb)

Thank you @stmartinspress and @netgalley for the ARC!

Bodhiboy65 ,

Not her best

Fragmented and hard to follow.

Suzette23 ,

The Villa

A very confusing book, jumping back and forth between stories, I never could figure out who the murderer was. The book was okay,great to read when you can’t sleep.

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