Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage


Savage portrays the isolation of mental health in the middle of a family structure, and the blame game which often ensues. The 'it's your fault because, how could you do this or that' ect ect blame game. It's easy to point a finger in the direction of the most vulnerable person in the room instead of taking a closer look at our own faults and mistakes. It's also easier than trying comprehend why someone would try to hurt themselves.

In a more understanding environment Sarah would be given support to deal with her grief after the death of her mother. Instead she has to deal with constant jibes, insults and a lack of respect from her children and her husband Patrick.

Moving to a new town and into Patrick's old family home should alleviate some of the pressure of Sarah's issues, according to her husband. If it wasn't for the fact that the house is renowned for being the scene of a horrific crime, so it's rumoured to be filled with ghosts and evil spirits, it would be perfect. Not exactly the right setting for a new start.

The reality is, Sarah has just taken a step into a dangerous situation, however she isn't sure whether it is paranoia, her illness or something more sinister afoot. Her friends and family think she is slowly losing the plot, as the walls start to close in on her and her secrets.

There is no denying that the author knows how to keep the tension as taught as a bowstring, and also keep the reader looking under every stone and behind every corner. I particularly enjoyed the way she shows how outsiders are often unable to pinpoint and recognise abusive behaviour, even when it is happening right in front of them. It doesn't always have to be a punch in the face or a hidden bruise. Sometimes it is something subtle which may make you feel slightly uncomfortable.

It's a riveting whirlwind of darkness and suspicion with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. You might not know who to trust, but you will definitely know who to dislike.

Buy/Pre-order The Woman in the Dark at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.
Publisher: Sphere (pub. date 10 Jan. 2019) Sphere is an imprint of Little, Brown book group.
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