Good morning my lovelies. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday planned. Today I’m super happy to be one of the closing stops on blog tour for The House on Rectory Lane by Stuart James. I’ve loved his previous books that I’ve read and couldn’t wait to read this. I was not disappointed. Creepy and riveting this psychological thriller had me completely hooked……..
Jake and Kate live in London but after an altercation with a stranger who threatens Jake with a knife, they take their son and move to a house in the woods.
It’s their dream home, or so they think until people in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.
Their neighbours are strange and when Kate sees a face at the window, the family realise they might be in danger.
When they find a tape hidden in the loft of the house, a video recording of the previous family who once lived there, it chills them to the bone.
They soon realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and they too could now be next.
What is the mystery surrounding the house on Rectory Lane?
Jake and Kate are about to find out…
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After living in London for a while, Jake and Kate decide to move for a quieter life in the country. They find a big house within their budget in the middle of nowhere…..perfect right? Wrong! After Jake witnesses something he shouldn’t have seen, things start happening at their home including Kate seeing a face at the window. Followed by warnings from a strange man and people in the village, and the realisation that the family that lived there before them really did just disappear, they start to realise that they might be in danger…….And then Jake finds a DVD of the previous occupiers and it sets them even further on edge. While this is all happening, others are going missing in the village…….What is going on? What’s the story of The Rectory? And will Kate, Jake and their son Sean make it out alive or will they be next…….?
I rarely find a book that gives me the creeps. I love horror films, go on ghost hunts and love the paranormal so it takes a lot….and this book gave me the creeps with a capital C!!!! I had moments where I literally had a cold shiver…..and I loved it!
I instantly liked Kate and Jake. They seem like a lovely couple who are very much loved up, and just want to bring their small son up in the best environment, away from the hustle and bustle of London. They’re sociable, have lots of friends in London and make new friends once they’ve moved. At first Jake comes across as a bit of wuss….but he improves as the book goes on!
Some of the characters I took a dislike to straight away. I didn’t like their estate agent, Anton – coming across as a slimy, cocky guy. Punchy Man……well the names says it all! And there are other people that you might get a feeling about…..
But then, as with Stuart’s books, there are the fabulous twists and turns. Ones you can’t even imagine! If you watch a lot of horror movies, you can envisage how some of this will play out – the classic: buy a house that seems to good to be true……..(don’t do it!) and car chases. But there are the bits that you won’t be able to guess…..I definitely have a lot of WHAT?! moments that had me completely in shock. And the end…….as always, Stuart blew me away.
I was completely gripped and absolutely loved the plot. I read this in two sittings, and if I hadn’t started it so late in the day I definitely would have finished it in one as I didn’t want to put it down. If you are looking for your next read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, give you goose pimples and shock you to the core, then this is for you. Highly recommended by me.
about the author
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.
I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.
That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.
A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.
A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.
A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year.
I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.
I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.
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Massive thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour, and to Stuart and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Have a wonderful Sunday lovelies.