Title: The Open House
Author: Sam Carrington
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…
Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.
When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.
But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.
Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…
The Open House is an entertaining read which certainly doesn’t fall into the category ‘believable’, but is quite good fun nonetheless. Sam Carrington takes a subject that many of us are probably fearful of – the thought that someone could be inside your home without you realising it – and creates a fast-paced read with some really creepy parts.
Now, if you’re a fan of realistic plot lines, this won’t be for you. There were plenty of moments that made me raise my eyebrows, some parts I could see coming from a mile off, and the ending is, quite frankly, ridiculous.
However, the characters are likable enough; I thought Amber was easy to warm to and I liked reading about Nick, though he had his faults. Interfering mother-in-law Barb is a pain in the a*se, but she’s supposed to be, and occasionally the chapters take the reader into her mind.
I think there were just too many twists presented towards the end; I have to admit I love twists that surprise me but I think this was just a bit too much for me. Overall, an entertaining read, but nothing to rave about.
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