Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of The Open House by Sam Carrington with you all.
Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…
Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.
When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.
But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.
Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…
I was super excited when I first received the email from Avon Books about The Open House, because it sounded so good, and I instantly knew that it was a book I would enjoy, so of course I jumped at the chance. Now that I have read it, I can honestly say that my gut feelings were right, and this book certainly didn’t disappoint.
The story is told from multiple POV: Amber, her mother-in-law Barb, and a mystery narrator (who appears to be the one behind everything that is happening). I think that books with multiple POV are very hit and miss, it either works, or it doesn’t, and in this case it definitely works. It really helps to keep you invested and intrigued by the story, and also has you asking lots of questions that you wouldn’t have had if it was from just one POV.
I immediately took a disliking to Barb. She’s just so sneaky, sly, and unbelievably nosey and controlling. She’s just not a nice person. Her behaviour really wasn’t acceptable, and the way she treats Amber is awful. The fact that Amber is then made to seem like that bad one in the relationship between them is so frustrating, because Amber has every right to be angry at Barb’s actions, and I know I would be too if I was her. I felt so sorry for Amber throughout the story, because nothing seemed to go right for her, and then nobody really took her seriously either, it wasn’t fair on her at all.
The pace of the story was a bit of a slow burn, but at no point did I find myself losing interest. There was just enough to keep you hooked from beginning to end, even in the slower moments. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, which definitely helped. I had quite a few suspicions as to what was happening along the way, but nothing could have prepared me for the multiple twists that came, my jaw was on the floor every single time. I honestly could never have expected that ending either, and it was such a satisfying way to end the book.
This was my first time reading anything by Sam Carrington, but I will definitely be checking out her other books, because this was brilliant, and I highly recommend it. A huge thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for my free copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.
I give The Open House a 4 star rating!
About The Author:
Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband, two border terriers and a cat. She has three adult children and a new grandson! She worked for the NHS for fifteen years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing.
She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist. SAVING SOPHIE, her debut psychological thriller, published in September 2016. It became a Kindle eBook bestseller, with the paperback hitting The Bookseller Heatseeker chart at #8. Sam was named an Amazon Rising Star of 2016.
Her 6th book – The Open House – published on 10th December 2020.
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