A mysterious figure. A whispering community. A deadly secret…
When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.
Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems.
Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home?
If there’s one thing that I like doing it’s discovering new authors and Anne Wyn Clark is certainly a new author for me. I read the synopsis for ‘Whisper Cottage’ and it certainly sounded like the slightly dark and creepy story that I particularly enjoy. I couldn’t want to start reading and so without further ado, I grabbed a copy of the book, grabbed my cup of tea and settled down for an interesting afternoon of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Whisper Cottage’ but more about that in a bit.
It took me a little while to get into this story but that has more to do with the fact that I was tired when I started to read the book and I was finding it difficult to concentrate than anything else. However, once I got into the story that was it and I was away as the saying goes. I had my own suspicions as to how the story was going to develop so of course I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right path or if I had wandered down the wrong track entirely. I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I would become so wrapped up in the story that I would still be sat there reading several chapters and an hour later. I found ‘Whisper Cottage’ to be a gripping and creepy read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat.
‘Whisper Cottage’ is well written. I love the way in which the author grabbed my attention from the start and drew me into the story. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly steady pace. As the book continued, the story gathered momentum before ending in a tense conclusion. Anne has created a tightly plotted story with several twists and turns along the way. I can’t say that I especially warmed to any of the characters but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Anne’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short and overall, I did enjoy reading ‘Whisper Cottage’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Anne’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.