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    What a great read!

    Stella and her boyfriend Jack moved into a big dilapidated 3-story home that had been used as a safe house for women and children of domestic violence years ago. Stella's parents had died and left her a lot of money so they were in the process of remodeling the home. The story is told in the then and now format with Stella being the now and Kay, a victim of DV, who lived in the home with her daughter years ago after leaving her violent husband, as the then. There are a lot of very interesting characters in this story and a lot of twists and turns that made this a very fast moving and very suspenseful read. I really loved this page-turner and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an exciting story. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this fascinating ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    5 ⭐︎ Read. Just brilliant x

    Dream House (originally titled The Guest) by Jess Ryder is a psychological thriller that kept me hooked from the first few pages. This book was a brilliant read throughout. Stella's parents both where killed in a hit and run accident and she is still grieving for her loss. They left Stella a large amount of money for her inheritance. Stella fell in love with an old big dilapidated house called Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea. This was a place women used to go to feel safe many years ago but closed down. Stella is hoping this would be her forever home with her beloved partner Jack. Stella and Jack moved from the city life to a the quiet seaside. Whilst Jack commutes to London for his job. Stella stays and watch the house come to life. This house need everything done to it before it became that beautiful house. with a perfect garden to match its views One evening a woman called Lori knocks on the door asking for help, Lori is a victim of domestic abuse. Stella takes her in and tries to help her. Jack thinks it's a bad idea to take Lori in. There's a lot of great characters within this brilliant book and they all have a great part to play within the story and a lot of twists and turns that made this book a great read and hard to put down once you start to read it. I would Highly Recommend this Book..... 5 Stars. Big Thank you to Bookouture NetGalley, and Jess Ryder for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Cracking Read!

    "The Dream House" was my first read by Jess Ryder and it was a real cracker! I loved the creepy and claustrophobic story and the authentic and intriguing characters. The story was told in alternating timelines of the past and present and I was desperate to find out how the two storylines would eventually connect. The ending was surprising and very satisfying. The novel brilliantly portrayed the difficult subject of domestic violence with great empathy and realism. This was a superbly executed psychological thriller that I am very happy to recommend. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    A truly engaging read.

    Stella bought a house based on her inheritance, and she and her boyfriend Jack are determined to turn the former Westhill House into the perfect dwelling. However, Jack is getting frustrated with the renovation. One night a woman comes banging on their door. Her name is Lori and she claims that she is escaping her abusive spouse and that she was told that this house was a safe refuge. Stella just cannot let the bruised and battered Lori back out into the night, so she allows her to stay, at least until Lori has a place to go. Thing is, Lori stays longer, although Stella is quite wary. Even more so, Jack is not happy and works longer and longer hours to stay away from home. Things begin to get weird and quite quickly at that. For one thing, it becomes quite unnerving to Stella that Lori seems to know a lot about the house. While Lori stays there she begins working with the handyman and strange things begin happening. One example is that underneath wallpaper are some very dark drawings that Lori unearths and shows Stella. Is Lori who she says she is? This story is told in dual timelines. We the reader know that at some point things will converge. It is a thrilling journey to see things progress, and we begin to wonder who is reliable in this story. Sadly, remembering what brought Lori to Stella is a bit unsettling. Lori's whole story involves the domestic abuse she tells Stella about. This was indeed difficult to read, especially as the story evolved. With the twists and turns, and character development, it was definitely an engaging read, one that kept me turning pages right through until the end. Nope, I could not put this book down. I enjoy the writing style of Jess Ryder and look forward to reading more from him in the future. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Fatal attraction

    Instead of writing a cohesive review on this, I decided to break it down and rate each section. Plot: Stella and Jack are living in a new home they are in the middle of remodeling when there is a knock at the door one late night. Stella opens the door to find a woman on her doorstep in need of help. Jack is adamant about sending Lori away, but Stella will not listen to his reasons on why it's a bad idea to let her stay with them. Dismayed to find Stella and Lori getting closer each day, he becomes fed up with the situation and Stella. Stella is torn between wanting to help Lori and respecting Jack's wishes. She comes up with an idea to have Lori there and to make Jack happy. Her plan backfires, and she's left to wonder if she can trust Lori or Jack. This story is also told by Kay, but it is set in the past. Every few chapters the book switches to Kay, and for me, it's easy to keep up with the plot in both Kay and Stella's stories. Characters: Stella, Jack, and Lori are the main characters in this book. I liked the way they were all written, and I didn't really love or hate any of them. Pacing: This isn't a book that drags out for pages, but it isn't a quick page turner either. It took me a few days to finish this. Ending: I liked the ending it wrapped up Stella's story, and it showed why Kay's story needed to be included. The one thing I want to add is this is a story about domestic violence, and the author includes a note in why she wrote the story the way that she did. She explains that she tried not to go into great detail as far as the abuse that occurs in the book, but felt it was necessary for some parts of the book. She also gives out domestic violence hotline numbers for the U.K. and I thought that was a nice touch to try to help those that may need it, but don't know how to ask. Rating: Overall, I give this 4 and a half stars. Plot: 2 star's Characters: 1 and a half stars. Pacing: 1 star Ending: 1 star
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