Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…
Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their family home in Apple Grove, Devon. But despite the desirable location, their house isn’t selling. Not a single viewing so far.
When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber is worried about her nosy neighbours attending, gossiping about why her house has been unusually difficult to sell.
But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because 13 people enter her house that afternoon and only 12 leave…
You’d know if there was an intruder living in your home, wouldn’t you?
Firstly, how could you resist this book with that cover? There's something so welcoming and satisfying about it and when I got approved by NetGalley to read this I was so excited!
This book started out super strong and I was hooked from the very beginning. Lately, I have read a few books with similar storylines but within the first few chapters, this one had a lot of promise and set the scene for a creepy and thrilling ride.
One thing I will say is that I found the description led me to believe that this would be a creepier story. I really thought it would focus on this 13th person, which it does in a way, but there are also a lot of other factors that fall within the main plot. As I said, the story starts off super strong and you quickly learn there is a lot more to it than this 13th visitor. From missing pictures, to broken doorbells, to inexplicable noises at night, Carrington does a great job at creating an eerie and tense atmosphere that completely hooks you in and makes you want to uncover what is causing all of these strange occurrences.
The characters are great and each play their role in the story super well. From Barb, the disapproving mother-in-law, to Davina the nosy neighbour, they all bring their own side to the story. I found Amber, the protagonist, a little annoying at times but I think that's just who her character is and who can blame her, between a failed marriage, struggling to sell a house and trying to unravel the weird things happening around her, we can forgive her for being a little annoying.
This book was on track to getting a solid 4 stars/8 or 9 out of 10. From the atmospheric writing to the constant new twists and additional elements to the plot, I was flying through it and on the edge of my seat to find out what happens. I had my guesses on what the ending would be but I couldn't have been more off...and not in a good way. The ending did the story a disservice in my opinion. It felt a bit like Carrington was trying to tie up too many things under the one plot twist and it just felt a little forced. Loads of new information was being thrown at us and it just felt a little chaotic.
I was between 2 minds of still giving it a 4/5 or 8/10 because the first 70% of it is really good but a disappointing ending just ruins things for me and I can find it hard to look passed that.
Big thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this pre publication and I look forward to reading more from Carrington.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
I think Barb was the strongest character. I wouldn't call her my favourite but she definitely had the most depth to her.