The House of Hidden Secrets
By C.E. Rose
What it’s about?
The imposing gates of Ramsay Hall yawned open. As Serena and 4-year-old Lana walked up the long driveway, little did they know the dark secrets that lay within.
When Serena Green accepted the role of housekeeper for wealthy widower Hayden Ramsay, she never imagined her new home would be Ramsay Hall, an ancient, sprawling mansion in Northern England.
Serena quickly becomes an integral part of the household, making friends with Hayden’s younger son Hugh, despite Jack, his older brother’s, coldness towards her and Lana.
But the hall’s beautiful exterior hides many ugly secrets. Though Serena and Jack begin to grow closer, she’s confused by his behaviour around Lana. What is he guilty of? And is there more to their mother’s death than the Ramsay men will admit, even to themselves?
As the harrowing past of Ramsay Hall unravels, Serena fresh start becomes a fresh horror. She fears for her and Lana’s safety, but what are the bleak secrets in Serena’s own past?
This house is built on a lifetime of lies… and the truth might just bring the walls crashing down.
A twisty, gripping and utterly unputdownable new thriller that fans of Lisa Jewell, C.L. Taylor and
Mark Edwards will love.
What I think:
This is a captivating stories full of secrets.
Serena arrives at Ramsay Hall having accepted the job of housekeeper to.an elderly man, Hayden Ramsay, who is recovering from a fall. The house is a refuge for her and her four year old daughter, Lana. She is clearly running away from something but from what?
Hayden Ramsay is charismatic and welcoming. Serena is nervous and watchful, but gradually begins to trust the Ramsay family and relax as she believes the Hall is a place where she can keep her daughter safe.
Hayden Ramsay’s grown up sons, Jack and Hugh, come and go and it is clear that they both have their own secrets. When Lana discovers a blood-stained nighty, Serena fears the worse about men she is beginning to trust.
The narrative switches between Serena, Jack and Hugh as the traumas and secrets of the past are revealed. As the secrets untangle the reader has to decide who can be trusted and who are the victims.
This is slow-burn, psychological thriller that was utterly compelling and went in a completely different direction to what I had anticipated. Complex characters and dark sercets – it’s a great read.
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About the author:
Caroline England was born and brought up in Yorkshire and studied Law at theUniversity of Manchester. She was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer before leaving the
law to bring up her three daughters and turning her hand to writing.
Caroline is the author of TheWife’s Secret, previously called Beneath the Skin, and the top-ten ebook bestseller My Husband’s Lies. Betray Her is her third novel. She lives in Manchester with her family.
The House of Hidden Secrets is the first title written under her pseudonym, CE Rose.
To find out more about Caroline, visit her website www.carolineenglandauthor.co.uk or find her on social media.
Thank you for my gifted copy of the book and to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour.