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    My three-word description of The Burning House by Neil Spring is captivating, creepy and intense. Book Synopsis: It was a victimless crime... Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she's hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape. Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an 'innocent' fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into the perfect nightmare: there was a witness, a stranger in the village, and he's not going to let Clara get away with it that easily... My Musings: I found this compelling and hugely entertaining. It is a charming cocktail of seamlessly woven fiction into fact, with frissons of suspense, chills and creepiness. Estate agent Clara Jones is hiding out in a small community on the shores of Loch Ness. Having fled London, she is on the run from her abusive husband, and is anxious to make a sale to earn herself some commission to start making a new life for herself. When she has the opportunity to sell Boleskine House, a house with a very dark history, to the enigmatic Oswald Catternach, she finds herself embroiled in his plans. This was such a very creepy read, featuring harboured secrets, black magic and also a storyline that touched on domestic violence and stalking. This combination of crimes running parallel with the supernatural elements works very well. Neil Spring writes the sympathetic and masterfully fleshed out characters with some extremely unsettling scenes. The brooding setting of Loch Ness, with its combination of tourists searching for Nessie along with old superstitions, was super. The Burning House was my induction into this fabulous author's work and having read this one, I will definitely be looking out for more of his books. In fact I have already bagged myself a copy of 'The Ghost Hunters'. Overall, I had no issues with The Burning House, and it bedazzled me! Verdict: A well-executed, satisfying read that I highly recommend with confidence, for lovers of the genre. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Quercus via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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