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The woman in the dark, Vanessa Savage

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The woman in the dark
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The woman in the dark
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Vanessa Savage
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Murder house
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eng
Summary
A dangerous accident prompts a family's relocation to a gothic seaside house, the site of an infamous murder 15 years earlier, where a wife and mother struggling with depression investigates rumors about the killer's parole. --
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  • Sarah Walker loves her life, but it could be better. Her mother is dead, her teenagers are having trouble in school, and her husband, Patrick, is haunted by his past. When Patrick learns that his childhood home on a remote beach in Wales is for sale, he begs Sarah to move there, hoping that the family can create a fresh, idyllic start. One problem: the “Murder House” was the site of a gruesome set of killings years ago. Sarah can’t fathom how a new, perfect life could emerge from this frightening place—and as she learns more about what happened, she comes to realize that her husband isn’t as innocent as she thought. Savage’s atmospheric, creepy debut plays with some of the tropes of the psychological thriller—a woman hampered by narcotic addiction, a dangerous man—all set against the backdrop of the house’s chilling history. The novel combines the intrigue of thrillers like Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us (2018) and Miriam Halahmy's Behind Closed Doors (2017), coupled with the delicious terror of a haunted-house story. -- Cari Dubiel (Reviewed 3/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 13, p25)
  • In British author Savage’s deliciously creepy first novel, Patrick and his wife, Sarah, who’s depressed after her mother’s death, move with their two teenage children, Mia and Joe, from Cardiff to Patrick’s childhood home on the South Wales coast. They’re disturbed to learn that the once magnificent Victorian house has been empty for 15 years following the brutal murder of a family. When relics from the past inexplicably start to appear in the house, Sarah’s unease grows. Are the strange happenings related to the release of Ian Hooper, the murderer? Or could Tom Evans, the sole survivor of the attack, be responsible? As Patrick becomes obsessed with the house and the crimes committed there, Sarah struggles to protect Mia and Joe. Only a new friend, Anna, and her renewed interest in painting make life bearable. With her sanity and life threatened, Sarah must discover the source of the evil closing in on her family before they become the next victims of what the press has dubbed the Murder House. Savage carefully sustains the growing tension to the final twist. Psychological thriller fans will be rewarded. Agent: Juliet Mushens, Caskie Mushens (U.K.). (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/14/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 2, p)
  • This is what happens when you move into a place nicknamed the "Murder House." The Walkers, artist Sarah and structural engineer Patrick, have a 15-year-old daughter, Mia, and a 17-year-old son, Joe, and they're happy. Well, they were. Sarah's mother died six months ago, and it just about broke her, resulting in a hospital stay for her and a car accident for Joe that might have been in response to her breakdown. When Sarah takes one too many sleeping pills one night, her family is convinced she's attempted suicide, and no one believes her when she insists that she didn't. Looking for a fresh start, Patrick says they can get his childhood home at a steal, but Sarah isn't convinced. Patrick is obsessed with the house, a once-beautiful Victorian on the Welsh coast that's been vacant for 15 years after a man named Ian Hooper brutally murdered nearly an entire family there. Patrick tells Sarah that the sea air is just what they need but that she'll have to use the entirety of her paltry inheritance to help pay for it. Of course, Sarah acquiesces, and chaos inevitably ensues. The house is a dump, and they don't have the funds to fix it up. Patrick is spiraling, and so are the kids. As Sarah gets to know a few of the townspeople, including a sexy gallery owner, she learns that the story of the Murder House is more sinister, and close to home, than she could have imagined. From the get-go, Patrick is squirrelly, insulting, whiny, and, eventually, downright abusive, making it hard to imagine why poor Sarah married the guy in the first place. He makes her take debilitating meds for her so-called suicide attempt, burns her sketchbooks, and, during one memorable dinner with his co-workers, forces her to eat calamari, which she's allergic to, then claims to have forgotten about her allergy. There are some creepy elements, like phantom wind chimes, cold spots, and a lurker watching the house. Then there's that cellar, which is assigned special significance early on. The bones of a good story are here, but, in such a crowded field, Savage's derivative debut doesn't innovate on the usual domestic suspense tropes (there's even the requisite asides by the presumed villain). Yawn. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2019)
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10760046
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Savage, Vanessa
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6119.A94
LC item number
W66 2019
Literary form
fiction
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  • Family secrets
  • Families
  • Dwellings
  • Depressed persons
  • Suicidal behavior
Target audience
adult
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The woman in the dark, Vanessa Savage
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
346 pages
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9781538714294
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rdamedia
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  • (OCoLC)1011208634
Label
The woman in the dark, Vanessa Savage
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
346 pages
Isbn
9781538714294
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • on1011208634
  • (OCoLC)1011208634

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