by Brendan Duffy
release date: April 14, 2015
A young New York City couple with a boy and a baby in tow, Ben and Caroline Tierney had it all…until Ben’s second novel missed the mark, Caroline lost her lucrative banking job, and something went wrong with 8-year-old Charlie. When Ben inherits land way upstate from his grandmother, the two of them began to believe in second chances. But upon arriving in Swannhaven, a town that seems to have been forgotten by time, they’re beset by strange sights and disconcerting developments…and they begin to realize they might have made their worst mistake yet. But what dark secret is buried in this odd place? And will Ben and Caroline figure it out soon enough to save their young family?
This book features the Tierney family and their move from the big city to a small, rural town. Ben and Caroline with their 8 year old son and a baby buys a huge monstrosity of a home in upstate New York with the intent on updating and renovating it to turn it into an inn. Also hoping that the slower pace of small town life will help Ben with his newest novel and give Caroline an outlet to replace her lost job.
I have to say that it did take some time for this book to grab my attention and I finally just read it to get to the end. It felt very slow going and though there were some suspenseful moments in the book, it was not the thriller that I thought I was getting. The characters were interesting and felt pretty true to who you might find living in a very small town but the story was very slow going and at times felt wordy to me. The storyline had moments where it started to get intense but then it sizzled out to nothingness. I would give this book 3 stars. ~Booklover Sue
I received a copy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.