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  • A fast and easy read

    3.5 stars The New Home by Chris Merritt is a psychological thriller. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Freya and Jack move into a fixer-upper, with good intentions.  Jack is starting a new job at the hospital, and although all of Freya's friends are now 2 hours away, she writes documentaries, and can work from home. Freya meets Emily and her daughter next door, and forms a fast friendship.  Emily's husband Michael, on the other hand, is a bit of a beast.  When Emily and her daughter disappear one day, Freya is sure that Michael has killed them.  Against everyone's wishes, Freya starts investigating.  She is the only one that seems to care, so she is determined to find them. My Opinions:    Well, the good thing, is that it was a fast and easy read.  The writing was good.  There were a lot of secrets being kept, and a couple of good twists, although most of it was rather predictable.  It was hard to know who to trust, and the only character I really liked was Cathy (and at one point I feared where that thought may end up). I had a bit of a problem with the friendship between Freya and Emily, because the author didn't really expand on it enough to see it blossom into something that Freya would want to dig her teeth into when Emily went missing. Unfortunately, I did not like the main character at all.  Freya's nosiness grated on me. It became evident early on that we had an unreliable narrator. Topics in this book cover depression, dementia, anxiety, and mental illness, and how they can distort thoughts to a point that the person may injure themselves or others.  The book also covers both crimes against women, drug addiction, and miscarriages.  Pretty dark topics, but done very well. I have read other books by this author, in particular the Lockhart and Green series, and have enjoyed them.  This is his first stand-alone psychological thriller.  It was good, and I might sound like I was nit-picking above, but there was just something missing. Anyway, I will always grab a book by this author, because his books make you think.

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  • Who is telling the truth?

    The day Freya and Jack move in to their new fixer upper home, their neighbor Emily greets them with a bottle of champagne. They meet her adorable daughter Thea and her somewhat unpleasant husband Michael. Freya and Emily become fast friends for five months. Then Emily and Thea disappear. Freya is frantic. She doesn’t think that the police are following all leads so she creates a website and spends most of her time working on it. Of course, she is convinced that Michael is responsible. Freya’s concern slowly drifts into obsession. The police and Jack think she needs psychiatric help. Could they be right? Or is Freya? Freya is a totally unreliable narrator for many reasons. But is that true? You’ll have to work that out for yourself as you read this tense, suspenseful mystery. It’s well written, character driven and hard to put down. 5 stars. Thank you to Net Galley, Bookouture and Chris Merritt for this ARC.

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  • Good read

    Freya has a new home. It is a fixer-upper and Freya and her fiancee plan to do just that. The grounds are a mess and all the rooms need paint and renovation. Freya is a freelance journalist. She does documentary films and one of her favorite subjects is women. Shortly after she and her fiancee move in they meet Emily, the beautiful neighbor next door, and her husband. She becomes a friend, along with an elderly neighbor whose property also adjoins Freya's and Emily's. A disappearance happens and Freya's active imagination, nosiness, and suspicions about everyone go into overdrive. Emily's husband does really look guilty and what about her own fiancee?. Is he harboring secrets too? It seems the only one she can trust is the person that is counseling her about her own issues as well as giving her much-needed attention for free. #TheNewHome is an interesting novel with a surprising plot. It takes a while to get to know everyone in the book but once the reader does it becomes an enthralling mystery. As a reader, I didn't like Freya very much so I had a real problem getting into the novel, however by the last twenty-five percent I was anxious to see what was going on. It does have a surprising ending and is well worth the read. Thanks to #TheNewHome#NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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  • Whoa!

    Whoa! I think I may have found a new male author to follow. I usually don’t care for many male authors because let’s face it, most of them don’t know how to write a female character. I read The New Home by Chris Merritt thinking this author was probably female. Nope! This guy knows how to get into the mind of a female character and convincingly put her on paper! I really enjoyed this book. Freya is the main character who has a past experience with mental illness. Eight years later she and her boyfriend move to a new town and strange happenings begin. Is her psychiatric problems returning or is it more sinister than that? This book kept me guessing. I couldn’t wait to finish it and see where it was all headed. Chris Merritt is new to me and a stand alone Psychological Suspense novel is new to him. I have to say he did a great job pulling it off! There are not a lot of twists, just a gradual climb to the climax. Like I said before, he writes a darn good woman! If you love Suspense and Mysteries, I think you need to give this book a try. I know I’m going to be recommending this book to all my friends. I received a complimentary copy of this book from #Netgalley & #Bookouture. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  • Great Read

    Wow! Chris Merritt never disappoints when it comes to psychological thrillers. Freya and Jack are starting their lives together in a fixer upper home. Their new neighbors, Emily and Michael, have a little girl Thea. When Emily and Thea go missing, Freya is determined to find out what has happened to them. Soon there are multiple suspects, including Jack, and Freya is becoming more paranoid that someone is after her as well. Unsure who to trust, Freya searches for answers, only to come up with more questions. Can she find her friends before the killer finds her? Lots of twists and turns, suspected the guilty party earlier in the book, but not the ending. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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