The Villa

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Houses remember… Villa Rosato is the perfect jewel waiting for another person and their story.

Past – In the summer of 1974, a group of five comes to Villa Rosato for a fun summer holiday. By the end of the summer, two members of the group are dead, and two others become worldwide famous. However, the days the group has spent in the villa under the Italian sun remain a mystery.

Present – Emily, a murder mystery writer, receives an invitation from her childhood friend and famous self-help author Chess to join her for a summer holiday in the Italian Villa Aestas. After a year of a pure personal nightmare, Emily finds a hard time returning to her writing. While looking for inspiration, she discovers a diary of the woman that stayed in the house in the summer of 1974.

I’ve been a fan of Rachel Hawkins for a few years, and the author never fails to lure me into a spider web of her phenomenal thrillers. Although, The Villa is less suspenseful than her previous novels, nevertheless, I found it fascinating. Great characters and a setting that adds a dark mysterious vibe to the novel. The dual timeline and the tragic stories of the two heroines kept me captivated from the very first pages. Overall, it is a great read, with an unexpected twist at the very end.

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