I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for gripping thriller The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James. Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
Jake and Kate live in London but after an altercation with a stranger who threatens Jake with a knife, they take their son and move to a house in the woods.
It’s their dream home, or so they think until people in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.
Their neighbours are strange and when Kate sees a face at the window, the family realise they might be in danger.
When they find a tape hidden in the loft of the house, a video recording of the previous family who once lived there, it chills them to the bone.
They soon realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and they too could now be next.
What is the mystery surrounding the house on Rectory Lane?
Jake and Kate are about to find out…
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.
I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.
That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.
A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.
A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.
A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year.
I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.
I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.
Oh my goodness, what a fast paced and thrilling read this is! With twists, turns and surprises to keep you on your toes throughout, The House On Rectory Lane ratchets up the tension to almost breaking point, taking you on an exhilarating rollercoaster of a read that will keep you turning the pages long into the night.
Jake and Kate live in London but no longer feel as safe or as happy there as they once did. So they decide to pack up their belongings and, along with their young son, move into their dream home away from the fast paced city life. But then things start to happen that make them begin to wonder if they’ve done the right thing after all.
And then they find out the family who lived in The Rectory before them have disappeared… and they could be next.
Stuart James has written a gripping thriller with so many twists and turns it almost gave me whiplash! This is a page turner of a novel, with a story that really does keep you guessing. I was never sure which direction the story was going to go in next or which characters I could trust, but one thing is for certain, there is never a dull moment throughout the whole book!
The House On Rectory Lane is a shocking tale that has its roots in horror, but is also a gripping and tense thriller that kept me riveted throughout. I loved the fact that I had no idea what was going to happen next and it continued to surprise right through to the exciting and intense denouement.
Stuart James is an author who shows great promise and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future. The House On Rectory Lane is a fabulous read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Recommended.
The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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