Author: Rebecca James
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bantam (December 2, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Psychological Thriller
My Rating: 4 Stars
From the internationally bestselling author of Beautiful Malice comes a captivating novel of psychological suspense about love and friendship, loyalty and betrayal—perfect for readers of S. J. Watson and Lisa Unger.
Tim Ellison feels lucky when he finds a cheap place to rent in his dream location, close to the restaurant where he works as a chef, and even closer to his favorite surf spot at Sydney’s popular Manly Beach. But the cavernous house is infused with a sense of foreboding, and his furnished room there comes with a condition: He must look after the mansion’s mysterious owner.
Anna London is withdrawn and frail, a twenty-year-old with the inexplicable demeanor and habits of an elderly woman. From her grand home on the hill, she can see the city and the ocean, but she can never leave. Her anxieties keep her locked inside, unable to face the outside world.
As Tim settles in, he struggles to get to know the person who depends on him for food and care. Slowly, Anna reveals glimpses of herself—her history, her sadness, her crippling fears. And then strange things begin to happen: loud banging in the night, unexplained figures in the shadows, sinister messages on the walls. Tim is startled to find that even as his unease about the house grows, he is increasingly attracted to its hauntingly beautiful owner. But is Anna London someone to pity, someone to love, or someone to fear?
Taut and intense, Sweet Damage is an addictive novel about vulnerability, obsession, and duplicity, with a modern Gothic twist.
If there is one thing I have come to except from one of Rebecca's reads it is that it will completely mess with my mind and my emotions.
I never know what to think, who to trust, or even what in the world is really going on until the very end.
Her reads are filled with the unexpected, the strange, and it makes you leery, distrustful, and down right anxious to know what will happen next, eagerly turning the pages wanting more and dreading what will be next.
I love that they keep me guessing, keep me on my toes and on the edge of my seat, heart pounding and adrenaline pumping.
I am not even going to tell you what this is about other than if you want a fun read full of stomach dropping twists and turns, pick up one of her books. You won't be sorry and you won't be disappointed.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*