Afternoon everyone.  First up today I’ve got a review for you on the blog tour of The New Home by Chris Merritt, a fab and gripping psychological thriller that kept me turning the pages.  AND it’s publication day – congratulations Chris!

about the book

Title: The New Home
Author: Chris Merritt
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Estimated page count: 302
Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook
Publisher: Bookouture (7 Sept. 2021)
Tour organised by: Bookouture

You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

Purchase links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Apple ~ Kobo ~ Google

my thoughts

Freya and her fiancé Jack have just moved into their new home – a dilapidated doer-upper in a quiet suburban street.  Freya is excited for all the things she has imaged in the future, and even more so when she meets her beautiful neighbour Emily – the perfect best friend. But then one day her and her daughter go missing.  Freya is suspicious and it set on believing that Michael, Freya’s husband had something to do with it.  Yet, to her disbelief, the police don’t seem to be taking it very seriously or doing anything about it.  So she decides the best thing to do it investigate herself…..but what will she find out and will she be putting herself in danger?

This definitely draws you in, keeps you turning the pages and keeps you guessing! There are so many bits throughout the book that get you thinking – some are relevant, some aren’t so you never know what’s true and what might happen next! The twists and turns will shock you and you won’t want to put it down!

Freya is an interesting character with a overactive imagination!  At times she left me exasperated, but others she had me completely sucked into her way of thinking! Her search for Emily and her daughter will keep you intrigued and the suspense will drive you insane!  The chapters that are from an unknown person will keep you guessing all the way through; this is definitely one of those books where you think you’ve cracked it and then couldn’t be more wrong!

The writing style is enjoyable and easy to read and follow.  The storyline covers quite a few sensitive, important subjects such as mental health and miscarriage which add a level to the story.  Having not read anything from Chris before I didn’t know what to expect, but what I got was a throughly enjoyable, gripping, twisty and suspenseful read.  I’m looking froward to reading more from him!

about the author

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

Where to find Chris online: Facebook ~ Twitter | @drcjmerritt ~ Website ~ Instagram

follow the tour

Thanks to Noelle for inviting me on to the tour, and to Chris, Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

I’ll be back in a mo!

Chelle x

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