I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
CW: parental disappearance, mentions of abuse, and animal mutilation
When I got this from Edelweiss, I knew that it would either be amazing or very bad. I’m happy to say that I thought it was good and interesting!
Ailsa Calder’s mother died. With her passing, she inherits half a house. That other half? Owned by her father. Who disappeared nearly 30 years ago. She decides to leave London for this home, the Manse.
But, there’s something up with the house. She starts hearing and seeing things. There’s someone breaking in. And she has some weird people in this small Scottish town.
The thing that really won me over for this book was the pacing. Lots of mysteries I’ve read don’t have great pacing, so things come out in odd jolts. Or, really, nothing happens until the last little bit of the book. But, this? I thought it had the appropriate ratio of quick and slow, although it erred on the slow side at times.
The characters didn’t exactly jump off the page. They were interesting, but I wasn’t in love with them. I’m still not in love with them even after sitting on writing this review for a few days. They were, in all honesty, rather plain and predictable. Ailsa read like a usual main character. And the others around her just propped her up.
And, while I enjoyed the plot, I half-guessed things. I caught the red herring for what it was. I could see the misdirections and thought about who it might be, coming to find that the guess I thought was far out actually was the truth. The character just had a bad vibe about them and I wasn’t wrong.
Would I read this book again? Probably not. It was fine for a one and done read, but I wouldn’t give it a repeat. This is a very quick read. I could have probably read it in one go. There’s a lot going on in it, but the story doesn’t really flesh out until the reveal when you find out what you should have been paying attention to. And, for the case with me, it wasn’t entirely what I had been paying attention to.
Have you read this? What did you think?
What’s a mystery that you caught onto pretty early?