The Couple At Causeway Cottage by Diane Jeffrey is a marvellous contemporary psychological thriller that had me gripped from the start.
Diane Jeffrey really is a master of her craft as she takes the ordinary and spins it into a sinister tale.
The setting could be idyllic or isolated – you choose. The darkness holds secrets, covering the land and raising the tension. It is a wild, untamed landscape where the weather often mirrors the action, building suspense.
All the characters are well drawn and realistic. The story is told in the first person, enabling the reader to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ what the character does as we become immersed in the book.
Everyone seems to have secrets. Diane Jeffrey hints at events in the past that characters want to stay buried. A small community seems a blissful place to be but the secrets it holds are straining to escape.
The leading lady is openly friendly which contrasts with her building inner turmoil. She sees suspicion where there is none as a guilty conscience and regrets threaten to swamp her. Sometimes the lies are bigger and closer than we think.
The Couple At Causeway Cottage was a fabulous suspense. Diane Jeffrey weaves a marvellous tale that draws me in, entertains me and leaves me wanting more, more, more!
If you have never read a Diane Jeffrey novel, you are definitely missing out. Grab yourself a copy of The Couple At Causeway Cottage today.
I received a free copy from the author. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.