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!
Senses On High Alert
The Perfect Couple by Lisa Hall is a compulsive contemporary psychological suspense that I just could not put down.
Lisa Hall has constructed a very clever plotline. She drew me in, manipulated my emotions and reeled me in to a certain way of thinking before spinning me around towards the conclusion. It was a fabulous roller coaster read – exciting, thrilling and jaw dropping.
The characters are well drawn, eliciting various emotional responses from me. I saw what Lisa Hall wanted to show me – but just like an iceberg, two thirds were hidden below the waterline.
Life is made up of the haves and have-nots. Within the story there is suspicion cast on those without money and who marry into it.
Gripped And Guessing
Have You Seen Her? By Lisa Hall is the most marvellous
contemporary psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start. A very cleverly
constructed plotline ensured I was drawn into the action and consumed by events
until the jaw dropping conclusion.
Written in the first person enabled me to ‘walk’
through the novel. Suspicion lurked around every corner. I was gripped, as were
the characters, by “the dark hand of fear.”
The novel is about consuming passions –
passions that will dictate actions. The reader is never quite sure who to
believe as passions drive people to do ever more desperate things.
Terror In Suburbia
The Party by Lisa Hall is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start.
The action all focuses on the party. The reader hears about the action in conjunction with the party – either so many weeks before or days after. The reader gets completely caught up in events, always questioning, who is the perpetrator? Lisa Hall has set up the storyline excellently, so I suspected just about everyone!
It really is terror in suburbia. An awful crime is committed – and it has to be by someone who knows the victim, making it even more terrifying.
The victim has guts. “I might be scared, but I don’t have to stay scared.” As the police scale down the investigation, the victim is determined to dig deeper. “I can live in fear… or I can properly look into this myself.”