I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for chilling thriller The Hiding Place by Amanda Mason. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
Some secrets can never be concealed . . .
Nell Galilee, her husband and twelve year old step-daughter Maude rent a holiday cottage by the sea, needing time and space away from home. Nell grew up in this small, wind-blown town and has mixed feelings about returning, and it isn’t long before she is recognised by a neighbour, seemingly desperate to befriend her. The cottage has been empty for some time, and from the start Nell feels uncomfortable there. Something isn’t quite right about this place . . .
Maude, furious about being brought here against her will, soon finds herself beguiled by the house’s strange atmosphere. There are peculiar marks in the roof beams above her bedroom, and in another room, a hiding place, concealing a strange, unnerving object.
As the house gradually reveals its secrets, Nell becomes increasingly uneasy – and Maude spellbound. But these women – and the women that surround them – are harbouring their own secrets too, and soon events will come to a terrible head . . .
A brilliant, unsettling and chilling novel of mothers and daughters, truth and deception and the lengths people will go to, to obtain power over their own lives, The Hiding Place is the second chilling novel from the acclaimed author of The Wayward Girls.
About the author:
Amanda Mason was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorkshire. She studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts where she began writing by devising and directing plays. After a few years earning a very irregular living in lots of odd jobs, and performing in a comedy street magic act, she became a teacher and has worked in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. She now lives in in North Yorkshire and has given up teaching for writing.
Her short stories have been published in several anthologies, including collections from Parthian Books, Unthank Books, and The Fiction Desk, and her debut novel, The Wayward Girls was published in 2019. The Hiding Place is her second novel.
The Hiding Place by Amanda Mason is a chilling page turner of a thriller that’s the perfect book to read this Halloween. A spine chilling and atmospheric read, this is a book that will stay with me.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the creepy cottage with the strange and eerie atmosphere that Nell and her family go to stay in. Nell grew up in the small coastal town and has mixed feelings about returning, especially when she’s recognised by a local woman who will stop at nothing to befriend her. The cottage has been empty for some time and Nell soon begins to feel that there is something not quite right within its walls…
However Maud, Nell’s twelve year old daughter, is spellbound by the cottage, becoming fascinated by the strange atmosphere and the weird markings in the roof beams above her bedroom. But as Nell becomes increasingly uneasy and the house begins to reveal its chilling secrets, the tension slowly ratchets up to almost breaking point as the story moves towards its spine tingling conclusion.
The Hiding Place is a well written, spooky read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The perfect read for when the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a chilling, atmospheric story to read this Halloween season.
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