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Review by Suze
Madeleine knows she should leave Liam as soon as she can. Her daughter Poppy is everything to her and Liam is a mean bully. He was sweet before they moved in with him, but he changed as soon as he had them with him the entire time. Madeleine doesn't have anywhere to go though, but getting away from him is the most important thing there is. Her sister Jess lives in a one bedroom apartment, which is too small for the three of them. Madeleine has no choice but to ask her father if she and Poppy can live with him. She hasn't seen him in years, but her father is happy to have them and in exchange for their stay Madeleine promises him to work in his hotel.
Madeleine thinks she and Poppy are safe at her father's hall and she immediately notices the change in her daughter. Poppy can be a happy carefree child again. Everyone at the hotel is welcoming and Madeleine immediately feels like they're part of a big family. She spends a lot of time with Bandit, the gamekeeper. They find an old diary and learn something about the history of the family that used to live in the hall. While Madeleine tries to make a new start Liam is doing everything he can to get her back and he's willing to do anything to get what he desires...
House of Secrets is a gripping novel that kept me on the edge of my seat for several hours. It's obvious from the start that Liam can't be trusted. While there's relief at first that Madeleine managed to get away from him that feeling soon turns into fear. Lynda Stacey has written a creepy story that will haunt my dreams for a very long time. At the same time there's also a wonderful romantic aspect. Lynda Stacey's descriptions of both parts are equally good and I really liked to read her versatile story.
House of Secrets is a book about loss, secrets, old houses, traumas and grief together with love, friendship, forgiveness, happiness and joy. I liked that combination very much. I immediately loved all the main characters except one, Liam is truly terrifying. Lynda Stacey's compelling writing style and fast-paced story made me fly through the pages. She's in control of the suspense and knows exactly when to deliver cliffhangers, that are always followed by calmer scenes, which made me want to keep on reading as quickly as I could. I absolutely loved this scary story and recommend it to anyone who likes to read romantic suspense.