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  • a strangaers house

    Enjoyed tbis book and may ev en read it again. I hve looked for ohther books written by this author.

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  • A Strangers House

    I really enjoyed "You Think You Know Me" also by Ms Chase when I read that last year. I was impressed that it was a début novel. So, when I saw this one was available, I snapped it up and then proceeded to worry (as I always do) that it wouldn't live up to her first book. Once again, my fears were completely unfounded and this book was just as good, if not a bit better, than her first. Ruby is estranged from her husband. He's been a bit of a naughty boy, and she is currently between addresses. Her best friend then recommends her to her cousin, Nate, a former PI who now runs a house-sitting firm and, long story short, Ruby moves into, and starts looking after, the house belonging to one Damien Newbold. Strange things start to happen and Ruby umms and ahhs over how much she really needs to tell Nate but then, when Damien is found murdered, she fesses up. Being a bit of a nosey parker, Ruby then proceeds to investigate the death. Well, some of the stuff has happened to her so she has a right to know what is going on - yeah!?! When the new owner of the house agrees to keep them on as house-sitters, Nate moves in "to protect Ruby" (yeah, right!) and together they try and get to the bottom of the mystery, and in doing so, hopefully sort out their own lives too. This is not too complicated a story once it gets going. There are a few suspects, the obligatory red-herrings and a good amount of drip-fed clues that kept me intrigued and interested along the way. Pacing was good throughout, building up nicely to the climax at the end. The story was set in a lovely area and there was a fair bit of description, especially on the characters' walks, but I enjoyed that and it didn't distract me from the story. Characterisation was good too. I remember enjoying her characters in the first book. I also remember that I was in two minds about most of them! In this book, the characters are sharp and well defined. They come across as quite real insofar as they have their faults and inconsistencies, just like in real life. There were some instances that led me to really disliking certain characters but then, as things were explained along the story, I began to understand motivations and reasons for certain behaviour that then changed my mind about them. I believe that this is a stand alone book, but with Nate's PI background and Ruby's nosiness and ability to poke hers in where it shouldn't go, I wonder if we won't see these two teamed up again in the future. I know that I'd be up for that! Failing that, I'll be looking out for her next book as with this great addition, Ms Chase is definitely on my radar.

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