Battered and bruised, Alice Hughes simply has to find a way to get out of the abusive marriage she is in. She knows it’s only a matter of time, not if, but when her husband Richard will end up killing her.
After a particularly bad beating, Alice hits upon the perfect plan. She will leave Richard. But she’s not going to move out. Oh no, it’s her house, she will simply stay in it and remain hidden. This will give her body the time it needs to heal and also the time to think about her next step towards ridding herself of Richard for good.
Unfortunately happenings of long past from her youth interfere with Alice’s present. Alice gets to the point where she wonders which is worse, Richard or the unknown. Who or what is haunting Alice? Is it real or imagined? Or is Alice going mad?
Things come to a head when Richard discovers Alice’s hiding place. An ugly confrontation occurs and Alice ends up in the hospital. Her life is changed for ever.
It’s here that Alice eventually finds the love she needs and deserves. But before there can be a happy ever after, Alice has to confront her past. Will Alice be strong enough to rid herself of her demons once and for all? Will Alice’s house be safe to live in again?
Right from the very first opening lines of this book, I was hooked. I knew I would love the book by the end of the first chapter.
The book is well written and the story flows like an endless stream, on and on until the end. I was so sorry to reach the end too.
At first the book seemed to be quite straight forward. Solely about a down trodden, abused woman, who was on the verge of collapse from all the beatings she’d received. But the book goes far beyond the subject of abuse. This is also a supernatural, paranormal, edge of the seat, spine tingling story. The book is intense, intriguing and scary, a page turner from start to finish.
Apart from the horror, there is the love and intimacy between Alice and Hope. After all Alice has been thorough, it is so nice to see how Alice embraces her new love. Kate Genet has really excelled herself with her portrayal of the love shared between these two women.
This is one book I am so glad I’ve read. This is a very definite re-read for me.