A fragile woman. An unwelcome intruder. A house full of secrets
Faye and her husband Hugh have had a traumatic year. Wanting to start again, the couple decides to buy a large rundown property, Cross House in a village in North Yorkshire, hoping to leave the past behind them.
However, the tranquillity is soon ruined when Faye begins to awake, every night, to the sound of somebody creeping around the bedroom. She tries to explain it to Hugh, frightened for the safety of their children Aiden and Poppy, but Hugh dismisses her claims, thinking she is heading for another breakdown.
But when Faye discovers some diaries that contain secrets about the family that lived in the house before them, she starts to wonder if the intruder might be closer to home than she first thought.
Obsessed with finding answers, Faye is determined to learn about the Wentworth family, a fractured family with a tragic past.
And when she discovers that Hilary Wentworth fell to her death down the stairs in Cross House, Faye realises she is in mortal danger…
I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one. Although I have a couple of J. A. Baker’s books on my ‘To Be Read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one before now. Well ladies and gents, I have certainly read one now and I can guarantee that those books on the mountain will not be there for much longer. I absolutely loved ‘The Uninvited’ but more about that in a bit.
It took me a little while to warm to the character of Faye because I wasn’t quite sure of her. I wasn’t sure if she was guilty of something or that she was up to something. I also didn’t know if she could be trusted. After a while I did warm to her and by the time I got to the end of the book I felt rather protective of her. Faye certainly hasn’t had it easy lately. She has been subjected to some pretty nasty treatment at the hands of two separate males. I don’t want to type too much more about the ins and outs because that would give too much away. What I can say is that Faye has certainly been through the mill. She and her husband decide to move to a new house to make a fresh start and to escape the bad memories. Faye is the mother to two children and she is very protective of them. Faye acts how she does and she tends to panic fairly easily but I do think that this behaviour is partially down to her recent traumatic experiences. Faye starts to feel as though she is being watched by persons unknown and she feels that there is another presence in the house. I did wonder if at times Faye was actually imagining or seeing things that were not there. Faye is feisty, determined, stubborn, protective, defensive, strong but she is also easily spooked.
What an introduction to J. A. Baker’s work this book is. Blimey oh riley I was hooked from the moment I opened the page and began to read. The story is a bit of a slow burn to start with but as the book continues, the story gathers pace and marches to a gripping conclusion. The author’s writing style is such that she grabs your attention from the start and keeps it all the way through. I couldn’t stop reading this book and I was desperate to know what was actually happening and to see if Faye was losing her mind. I made the mistake of reading this book before I went to bed and as a result I jumped at every little noise I heard during the night. I binge read this book over the course of a couple of days and it gave me a real sense of the intensity of Faye’s fears and the horror that she was experiencing.
‘The Uninvited’ is really well written. It is a well plotted, gripping, intense, unsettling, scary, unpredictable but ultimately fabulous read that will keep you guessing right to the very end. I smugly thought that I had figured out what was actually happening and why, ,only to realise that I had the wrong end of the stick entirely and I was then sent in another direction. I loved the storylines, the characters and where the book is set. The book is set in the North East of England and I love reading books set in the area in which I live.
In conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Uninvited’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what J. A. Baker comes up with next but whilst I wait, I will definitely be reading her other books. I just know that I will love them just as much as I loved this one. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.