RELEASED: August 9, 2018
PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph
GENRE: Mystery, thriller
GOODREADS RATING: 4.03
TRIGGERS: Mention of suicide and incest, abuse
After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.
But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.
Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?
Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .
I got this eARC through the publisher and was so keen to jump right in. You all know thrillers aren’t my usual kind of book to pick up, but.. sometimes I just can’t help myself, ha. I guess you could say it’s one of those guilty pleasures, in a way? But was it truly a pleasure this time around?
I have to start by saying the writing really was fluent. Even though I had some other issues with this novel – more about that later on – I did love how I kept reading and reading. The pace is good, not too fast nor slow.
I also like the whole idea of Do Not Disturb. Starting your own business is never an easy feat, let alone opening a guesthouse / hotel for that matter. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to have strangers invading your home on a regular basis. Not all people are easy and we all have our secrets on top of that!
Also, set in Wales? In a small town? A home that’s said to be cursed and haunted? Yup, the setting of the story: definite win for me.
And all the plot twists! There were a huge amount of those and they really kept me guessing until the end. I can see how this story would be predictable for others – especially people often reading books in this genre – but to me.. I kept changing my mind about.. everything! Although I did see some things coming as well – thank the skies. Sometimes you just want your gut feeling validated, right?
How easily the people you love can be snatched away from you. Suddenly. Without warning.
But there’s one thing I really had a problem with. I didn’t like the main character at all and everything’s written from her point of view. She struggles with a lot of things, which is understandable considering her past but.. She’s so distrusting towards anyone – doesn’t matter if it’s strangers, friends or her own family. Her husband, her mom. Anyone! It got on my nerves, really. The smallest doubt had her on the fence immediately, every single time. I didn’t like it and it definitely impacted my reading experience..
All in all, I found it an enjoyable read.. If only Kirsty didn’t get on my nerves like she did, it would’ve been at least a four cupcake-rating!
Are there any books you read where the main character ruined it for you?
Or where another character had such an influence you liked the book less?