The Open House – Book Review

The Open House: One of the most perfect, gripping reads of 2020 from the USA Today bestseller by [Sam Carrington]

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…

No. of pages:- 376 pages

Date published:- will be published on 10th December 2020

Genre:- Domestic Thriller

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of the book! This review is based on my own honest opinion.

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and decide to sell their house, even though Nick’s mother, Barb does not want to sell the house. The estate agent arranges the open day and Amber, through an app is able to see the open day. She counts thirteen people go inside the house but only twelve people leave the house…where’s the thirteenth one? Then ever since the open day, small things start happening around the house…

This is the first book I have read from this author. At first, the book was a bit boring but towards the middle, it got more and more interesting with unexpected twists and turns in each of the chapter. The story was told from the perspectives of Barb, Nick’s mother and Amber Nick’s ex-wife that you wouldn’t know which side of the story as a reader to believe in. The eerie things that are happening around the house after the Open Day particularly the presence of a certain “man” in the house was intriguing, interesting and creepy–the author did a good job with that! The book was written fast paced and well written, that I was so hooked into the story that I didn’t want to even stop reading! However, the ending to me was a bit disappointing but maybe it was just me.

Overall, this book is a fast paced thriller that will keep you up all night! Worth four stars!

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Sam Carrington

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 second psychological thriller, BAD SISTER, published in 2017 followed by ONE LITTLE LIE in July 2018. THE MISSING WIFE published in June 2019 and her fifth, I DARE YOU published on 12th December. Sam’s sixth psychological thriller THE OPEN HOUSE will be publishing in December 2020.

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