The New Home

The New Home by Chris Merritt

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Sometimes I wonder, are some mysteries so easy to predict or has my mind been trained to figure out the twists way before the end of the novel?

An author introduces us to a documentary maker Freya, who has recently moved to a new neighborhood with her fiance. She loves the community and the neighbors on each side of her property. And while Freya and her fiance are in a midst of renovating their new home and starting the family their next-door neighbor and her daughter vanish. Based on her previous work-related research, Freya is obsessed with the idea that Emily’s husband has a hand in her disappearance. Frustrated with the fact that the police are doing little to nothing to locate the mother and daughter – she takes the search for the duo into her hands. The task is emotionally overwhelming for Freya, and worse – puts a huge strain on an already shaky relationship with her fiance. But she has a goal – and not even frightening warnings can stop her from achieving it.

Great idea of the plot. hence the reason I was drawn to the book. The story seemed predictable, I found there was nothing gripping or impressive. And the ending… although I predicted the twist at the end, was overdone. Many actions seemed to be implausible and over the top, which dulled the suspense. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.



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