‘The Housewarming’ by S.E Lynes is a psychological thriller that definitely pulled on my heartstrings a few times. The author brings us a parents worst nightmare, a missing child. Her writing is so superb, I felt like I was living through this horrific event with her parents.
Ava and Matt’s two-year-old daughter, Abi vanished from her pushchair one morning. Ava had left her for five minutes, when she returned the door was open and Abi had gone. One year on and they are invited to a housewarming party for a neighbour. Abi is reluctant to go, still struggling with Abi’s disappearance, she can hardly deal with the socialising. These people helped to look for Abi and she is paranoid about everything surrounding Abi’s disappearance. Matt convinces her to attend with him. As the party undergoes the tension is palpable then, a chance remark makes Ava rerun everything she knows and doesn’t know about her daughter going missing.
I cannot state enough how the emotions play such a large part in this book! From a parents perspective, I was put through the wringer while reading this. The book speeds up with the pace at the party and never lets up. All the secrets and every little confession begin to bubble to the surface and eventually the truth comes to light…make sure you have tissues at hand. Just when you think its over and all is done, in comes another twist to shock you again.
Another fabulous addition to S.E Lynes spectacular books! Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the book to write my review.