The Cottage

The Cottage by Lisa Stone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A small village of Merryless keeps many secrets. The residents of the quiet town are all look alike due to their genes being messed up by a power station chemical waste that got into the village’s water. Baby cries and screams are heard in the Coleshaw Woods. Families lose their babies in multiple miscarriages. A coincidence or simply bad luck?

I was sickened by the end of the novel. Person’s obsessive need to continue his family line has brought an atavism and genetic throwback to many shattered young families. And that’s not counting the reason for their heartbreak.

The reader has to come to this read with an open mind. It’s a shocking story of a hideous experiment that was brought on a small village of Merryless and its surrounded towns. I did enjoy the characters and their gripping storylines. I would give this book five stars if it was not for the ending. That last twist was unnecessary, it was over the top and in my opinion, just ruined the whole story. Nevertheless, the novel is worth reading. Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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