The Crooked House

The Crooked House

Book - 2016
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"A taut psychological thriller, loaded with mood, and a puzzle tricky enough to keep you guessing to the final page" -- The Washington Post

In the chilling tradition of Daphne du Maurier and with the acuity of Kate Atkinson comes an atmospheric psychological thriller about an isolated British village and the sinister abandoned house that holds the key to its most shameful secrets.

Alison is as close to anonymous as you can get: she has no ties and no home, and her only anchors are her boyfriend and her small backroom job in publishing. Which is exactly how she wants it. Because once, Alison was a teenager named Esme who lived in a remote, dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night something terrible happened in the family's crooked house, leaving Alison the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from the village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past.

But now her boyfriend has invited her to a wedding being held in her old hometown, which means returning there for the first time since that night. She decides that she's never going to overcome the trauma of what happened to her without confronting it, so she accepts his invitation. But soon Alison realizes that the events of that night left their awful mark not just on her but on the entire village, and she begins to suspect that everyone there might somehow be implicated in her family's murder.

Christobel Kent's The Crooked House is a haunting thriller about one woman's search for the truth about her past through a closed community full of dark secrets.

Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780374131821
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Ken


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May 07, 2018

This is a middle of the road thriller in which a woman returns to her village as an adult with her boyfriend to discover the truth behind a horrific event in the past.

Aug 31, 2016

I agree with most other reviewers that this book started out great but got bogged down towards the end. Still I felt the main character was believable and this was not another book that made the police look dumb. I think in real life they would have reached the same conclusion, even though it turned out wrong. All in all a worth-while read.

Apr 18, 2016

It had the same problems that many modern Gothic novels have - just too many characters and forced twisty plot lines.

That said, I read it all in one or two sittings.

Mar 02, 2016

The first half of the book went well, but then the plot was all over the place, with the heroine racing around frantically as the reader became increasingly confused. Character development was shallow and many of the characters could have been interchangeable. It got to the stage where I just didn't care who had done it; I wasn't invested in the characters and the endless repetition of the murder scenario was annoying.

Feb 01, 2016

As a psychological thriller, it was really hard to put down once I started to read it.
Towards the end of the tale I felt that it was too confusing and I had a hard time following what I consider to be a very important part of a book, the ending!

Jan 30, 2016

Had to finish it in one sitting. A bit like The Girl on the Train but much more empathetic heroine and more satisfying ending.


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