The Woman In The Woods by Lisa Hall is a spine-chilling contemporary psychological suspense that completely consumed me.
The novel is set in the real-life location of the village of Pluckley in Kent, supposedly the most haunted village in England – but the story is entirely a work of fiction.
The plotline is well thought out and executed, drawing me in from the start and producing more than a few goose bumps!
All the characters are well drawn. We see the action in the first person from the point of view of the leading lady. As a result, our emotional response and reactions line up with hers. It is all very cleverly done to manipulate our responses.
There is the question of what is real and what is imagined. Suspicion lies in the most unlikely of places. I must confess I, wrongly, pointed the finger at some!
A new baby and a toddler are tiring but they are not what is really wearing a new mum out. Living in a reputedly haunted house means things that go bump in the night may or may not be a figment of imagination.
The Woman In The Woods was a cracking read – but not one to be read alone in an isolated cottage! Plenty of electric light and company is recommended! It was an absolutely gripping creepy psychological suspense and I cannot wait for more from Lisa Hall.
I received a free copy from the publishers via Net Galley. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.