The New Home

A decent thriller which delivers some interesting twists

Book title

The New Home

Author

Chris Merritt

Standalone or series

Standalone

First time reading this author?

Yes

Why I picked this

I was hoping for a strong thriller after some mediocre reads.

Review copy or purchase

Thank you to the author, publishers Bookouture and NetGalley UK for access to this as an advance reader’s ebook. This is an honest and voluntary review.

What it’s about

When Freya Northcott and her fiancé Jack move into their new home, Freya is delighted to find a new friend in neighbour Emily. And when Emily and her daughter Thea go missing suddenly Freya wonders if she’s the only one who cares.

Review

Things go downhill rapidly for Freya after Emily goes missing. She miscarries her own child, falls foul of the police and Emily’s husband Michael, and feels like husband Jack is taking her for granted.

Freya’s portrayed as an unreliable narrator, her attempts to uncover Emily and Thea’s fate become more and more extreme, and it’s hard to keep up with how far she’s willing to go.

The male characters in the book are quite difficult to engage with, with none of them covering themselves with glory in the way they deal with Emily or Freya. The pacing also feels quite disjointed in places, so I lost sense of how long Emily was missing for. This meant that there was little sense of urgency or even suspense.

The basic storyline kept me reading though, and it was in the interesting to guess who was behind it all. I just can’t help feeling it could have been better.

Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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