My Rating ~ Four stars
RELEASED: 17 June 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
A lonely widow, a sinister act, a remote mansion with a dark past…
After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of the Tasmanian landscape are a balm to her shattered nerves and the locals seem friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings at the nearby property, Calico Lodge.
But all is not well: the old mansion has a sinister past, one associated with witchcraft and murder. As Callie is threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams overtake her sleep, she begins to doubt her own sanity. What’s really going on beneath the surface of this apparently peaceful town? Are her friends and neighbours really who they seem? As events escalate, Callie starts to realise that the mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery, but the truth might have as much power to destroy as it does to save.
Thankyou to Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a copy of Devil’s Lair in exchange for an honest review.
After her husband dies in horrific circumstances, Callie’s life is left shattered. She welcomes an escape to Tasmania, to live in her friend’s cottage, away from the media attention and everyone who knows about her past. Despite her fears about anyone learning who she really is, she finds friendship in her new colleagues at a nearby lodge.
But things are not as they seem at her cottage. From her friend’s brother, who won’t take no for an answer, to the noises she hears in the woods and strange symbols she’s seen in the main house, she can’t shake the feeling that something is very wrong. When even more sinister events start to take place at the lodge, no-one’s really sure who is in danger next.
Devil’s Lair was a chilling thriller, with enough creep factor to keep me awake at night, and some incredible twists at the end! I really enjoyed the different characters and found it quite easy to connect to (or despise) each one. Unlike a lot of other thrillers I read, I didn’t find myself slapping my forehead and cursing the characters for being unbelievably stupid – they were very real and acted in ways that we’re easy to believe.
Sarah Barrie’s descriptions of the setting were so vivid, I really found it easy to picture the surroundings. Even the detailed descriptions of Callie’s landscaping work was interesting!
I don’t want to say too much more and give anything away, but I’m really looking forward to reading more of Sarah Barrie’s work and I’d recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good, creepy, thriller!
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