by Rebecca James
How did I get it?: Netgalley-courtesy of Random House Publishing Group
Published: March 4, 2014
My Rating:☆☆☆ 1/2
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.
A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!
I was conflicted while reading this book, I’ll be honest. I thought it was well-written, just on this side of creepy, and the romance was well developed. At the same time, one of the side characters, Lilla, was so irritating she almost ruined the book for me. When I finished the book, my irritation and her actions made more sense, but for most of the book I was REALLY annoyed with her and almost did not want to finish. She was the main reason for this 3.5 rating.
What I liked: I liked Rebecca James writing; she weaves together a chilling tale, interspersed with moments of romance. I thought Anna London was a well written character. She suffers from agoraphobia, a disease that makes it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Tim moves in with her to basically be her housemate and the runner to pick up items she needs from the store. He feels sorry for her at first; she is a sad, slightly pathetic creature at the beginning of the book.As the story goes on though, and we learn more about her story, she becomes this strong, sad woman who has had an incredibly hard past few years. The romance that develops between Tim and Anna was sweet and worrisome. Worrisome because for a good portion of the book, you are left thinking that Anna may be mad. By the end of the book, they are the two best things about this book.
What I did not like: In one word: Lilla. She is the type of woman who always wants attention on herself (which is not necessarily a bad thing); is obsessed with material things, strings men along (namely Tim, who she refers to later as her safety net, someone who will always be there for her to go back to); she’s a bully- to her own mother, to Tim, to Anna; she’s rude. There were so many things about her that just pissed me off throughout the book, I honestly wondered about Tim’s taste in women. I mean, honestly, why was he so obsessed with her for so long? Thank god he found Anna.
I really did like this book, and I want to check out James’ other book, Beautiful Malice. I just hope there is not a character in that book that would almost ruin the entire thing for me.