One winter's afternoon, Sonia opens the door of her beautiful riverside home to fifteen-year-old Jez, the nephew of a family friend.
He's come to borrow some music. Sonia invites him in and soon decides that she isn't going to let him leave.
As Sonia's desire to keep Jez hidden and protected from the outside world becomes all the more overpowering, she is haunted by memories of an intense teenage relationship, which gradually reveal a terrifying truth.
The River House, Sonia's home since childhood, holds secrets within its walls. And outside, on the shores of the Thames, new ones are coming in on the tide...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/05/2012
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780857206282
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Review by Carolinejyoung
I think what I enjoyed most about this book is how the lead character's thoughts show that she believes that what she is doing is perfectly innocent and that she bears no malice towards her victim despite the ordeal that she puts him through. The explanation for her behaviour is shocking and sobering.
Review by jayne_charles
This was a great piece of suspense fiction. In it, a middle-aged woman keeps a teenage boy locked up in her house against his will. Comparing and contrasting with John Fowles' "The Collector" in which a creepy guy perpetrates a similar crime on a young woman, this author demonstrates that the middle aged woman - younger guy dynamic has a special type of creepy all of its own.Descriptions of the book's setting - a house right next to the Thames - are top notch, and the atmosphere and suspense are delivered with tremendous skill. It doesn't feel like a first novel, it is written with such confidence. At times I found myself thinking the unfortunate Jez needed to grow a pair and stop being so trusting, but then he is only a teenager, I reminded myself. Most of the action is narrated by the central character Sonia, but occasional chapters focus on Jez's aunt, Helen - a hopeless alcoholic though she doesn't admit it to herself. These chapters were great, and provided welcome respite from the close, tense atmosphere of the Sonia chapters. All in all, a great read.