Release date: 19 May 2023
Back cover blurb: They say they have no children. So who did I see at the window? My darling little boy Albie adores playing at our new neighbours’ house. And after the terrible year we’ve had, I feel so lucky that we can start over in this perfect place, with new friends who treat Albie like the son they never had. He can’t stop talking about the tree house they’re building him, and the cookies they bake together. But as time passes, something starts to feel wrong. Why don’t they ever open the front door more than a crack? They told me they had no children so who does the small pink tricycle I saw in their hall belong to? And why can I hear a lullaby drifting across the garden when I’m tucking my own boy into bed? Then, one night, I see a small shadowy figure in their bedroom window… I thought I’d learned my lesson about trusting the wrong people, but now I’m forced to wonder what this perfect couple are hiding. And if I try to save that little helpless figure in the window, will I do what I’ve always feared most, and put my beautiful boy’s life in danger…?
Lottie, Neil and Albie are struggling as a family after a terrible year. A move to the coast, and a new job for Neil is just what they need. They are all looking forward to putting the past behind them.
Neil's new employers and wealthy and influential, and it seems that landing a job with them is a real triumph. Not only do they get to live onsite in a beautiful cottage, free to decorate as they please, but they also get almost instant access to the beach.
Ted and Nessa, Neil's employers are charming at first, but Lottie begins to suspect they are not as nice under the surface. She starts to hear rumours from the town, and isn't sure what to believe. She knows that she shouldn't listen to gossip, particularly after the way her own Mother left her when she was younger.
One day Lottie sees what she thinks is a child's face at the window, from her viewpoint at the cottage. Ted and Nessa are adamant that they can't have children, so who did Lottie see? As she begins to learn more about them, she suspects that something is badly wrong up at the 'big house'.
But she doesn't have any proof.
This is where Lottie as a character at times seems a little unhinged to me. Determined to get proof of wrongdoing she does some things that are quite frankly absurd. But then how far would you go to protect your family?
There are lot of secrets in this novel, some exposed almost immediately, and some not until near the ending. I can't say too much more without giving anything away. Although I enjoyed this, I've enjoyed previous works from this author more as I felt they were a little more realistic.
Having said that, we know that the world is made up of all sorts, and I don't deny that some people may act exact like these characters in real life!
The Bedroom Window is available now via Amazon online all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.