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‘A Gingerbread House’ by Catriona McPherson

A Gingerbread House by [Catriona McPherson]

Synopsis

An invitation you can’t refuse. You should . . .

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love.

She’s making a mistake.

Ivy enters Kate’s fairytale cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland . . . and she doesn’t come out.

She’s the first to go missing.

She won’t be the last.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Tash’s journey is just beginning . . .

My Review

I have been a fan of Catriona’s work ever since the day I met her a few years ago when she attended an event with Ann Cleeve.  I haven’t quite caught up with everything that Catriona has written but I am slowly getting there.  I read the synopsis for ‘A Gingerbread House’ and it certainly sounded like the psychologically twisty story that I have come to expect from Catriona.  ‘A Gingerbread House’ is a read and a half and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but more about that in a bit.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘A Gingerbread House’.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the synopsis that was it.  This was one of those books where I made the fatal mistake of starting to read it shortly before I went to bed.  Let’s just say bedtime was delayed and I had a ‘lack of sleep’ hangover the following morning.  If I wasn’t reading the book, then I was thinking about it.  If I had to put the book down for any reason, then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick it up again.  You could say that I had become well and truly addicted to the story.  I seemed to race through this story and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough.  I found ‘A Gingerbread House’ to be a gripping read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘A Gingerbread House’ is extremely well written.  I love the way in which Catriona grabs the reader’s attention and then she reels the reader in, much as a fisherman reels in a catch.  I love the way in which Catriona sets the scene and she describes it so realistically that makes the reader feel as though they are at the heart of the action and part of the story themselves.  The story is a bit of a slow burner and the tension builds as the story develops.  Reading ‘A Gingerbread House’ felt very much like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  ‘A Gingerbread House’ is a tightly plotted and deliciously creepy story.

In short, I really enjoyed reading ‘A Gingerbread House’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Catriona’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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