Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

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There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

A haunting and twisty story about the lies we tell those closest to us, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Cass Green.

My Review

The only way I can start this review honestly is by saying straight off – Yes this is as good as it sounds and surpasses all the glowing reviews it has already received! And it was only published nine days ago! Now that is what you call a debut novel entrance and a half!

A fantastically sinister unsettling story that even had me listening for noises from the attic and counting my lucky stars that mine is pretty inaccessible! I’m glad I didn’t need to go up there to get my Christmas decorations down this year and I honestly don’t spook easily at all.

As well as Caro’s storyline there are snippets of fairy tales, and not the Disney kind! These are most certainly not for children with their dark, sinister and haunting tales that all to soon seem to become relatable to the events in Caro’s life, and for me it was that thread throughout the book that captured my imagination and full attention.

The build up is pretty slow and subtle and I will admit maybe a bit too slow for me to begin with, but I am so glad I stuck with it because as soon as things start to unravel and the twists start to kick in, the whole plot bursts wide open leading to some completely unforeseen results that truly left me stunned.

A really great debut novel, part psychological suspense, part fairy tale all with a sinister haunting gothic ambience that will spin the heads of even the most seasoned reader. This is a book not to be missed.

Grab a copy now below and it is only £0.99 on Kindle! A major Christmas bargain! 🎄

Many thanks to the author Sophie Draper, publishersAvon Books UK and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest, independent review.

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