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Publication date: 25th October 2017
Blurb: Can the past ever be forgotten?
As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.
Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…
Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?
The chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Claire Mackintosh and Tracy Buchanan.
Review: I very, very, very rarely review the books in which I organise blog tours for. If I was to review all the books which sounded good I wouldn’t have time to pee let alone do much else. But I really loved the sound of The Forgotten Room and have heard enough positive things about Ann’s books over the years to be convinced to give one a go myself. I’m exceptionally glad I did but my god, I’m exhausted.
Nurse Maura Lyle has been sent to Essen Grange, a huge, eerie house to live in a take care of it’s owner, Gordon Henderson. But as soon as she gets there, she feels uneasy and her feelings are justified when a rock come hurtling through the window on the very first evening closely missing her head. The strange goings on get worse and worse until Maura is faced with murders and police investigations and finds herself unceremoniously caught up in Essen Grange and it’s former resident’s huge, twisted web of secrets.
I felt this book was in 2 very clear halves. Although the first half, when Maura has recently moved into the house, meeting it’s residents, the cleaner and the handyman was still kinda weird and creepy (which by the way, Ann does a fantastic job of describing and setting the scene for you) the second half gets really bloody dark and twisted. I felt the 2 halves had a different dynamic; which may have been what Ann was going for. But I did prefer the first half as I liked Maura as a character and sympathised with her a lot and enjoyed following her new ventures into this big, weird, creepy house.
I found The forgotten Room to be a really good book to get lost in, especially if you were having a crap day or wanted to escape for a while. It’s easy to escape when you’re being told quite vividly what you’re escaping to. It almost reminded me of American Horror Story which was lucky because I bloody love that show. But before I get on to the few negatives I have, I also want to mention how utterly clever, deep and intricate this storyline is. It certainly lost me a few times. It shocked me and made me question everything and the quality of the storyline is far higher than what you might expect.
On to the negatives; I did have a few issues with the book but despite the fact that I know and like Ann, I have to review it fairly (which is what I hope I’m doing). There was a few too many characters and names and I did get a little teeny weeny bit overwhelmed at times and forgot who was who. And I also felt, for me personally, it was a bit too wordy at times. Like, I felt there were loads of things happening but it was all disguised amongst all the words and I had to almost dissect some parts in order to get to what was actually going on. If that makes sense. This wasn’t consistent but I did notice it a fair few times.
Clearly my negatives didn’t stop me getting completely lost in this book and for my first Ann Troup experience, I can report it was a good one and I’ll certainly be coming back for more. The Forgotten Room is chilling and disturbing and perfect if you’re a sucker for the dark and dramatic, like me. I think this will be one that a lot of people will be talking about.
This book sounds so good, I love intricate books with a bit of a twist.
This is definitely that kind of book! xxx
This sounds right up my street! I’m definitely going to have to get my hands on a copy x
Hope you enjoy!
I love spooky books like this! I’m almost done with my current one so need something new to pick up and this sounds fab xx
This would be great if you like spooky! It’s super cheap on Kindle (: xxx
I definitely don’t read enough but I love the sound of this book, it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Xx
I’d highly recommend! If you need any more recommendations you know where to come! xxx
This book sounds right up my alley. I want a book I can get lost in and spend hours in the evening reading xxxxxxx
I have plenty of those recommendations for you! xxx
As always, I love your book reviews. I can’t get on with books that have too many characters either xx
Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com
Nah I just can’t keep up sometimes!
Ooft, I do love American Horror Story but I get so easily confused when there’s a lot of characters. It’s one of the many reasons I couldn’t get along with Game of Thrones, I’m reading like… who are these people?!
Imogen’s Typewriter. <3
Not something I’d read myself but I’m glad you got lost in it! Nothing beats getting lost in a book! I need to get back into reading, I have so many to get through!
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Books that you can get lost in are always the best! I really love the sound of this book and I can’t wait to read about the book tour x
Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com
Absolutely, books which can almost literally feel like they’re taking you away to the setting are the best.
This sounds like a really intriguing book! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it, even though it was a tad overwhelming with all the different characters x
It was indeed – I think an index of characters would have been helpful for this!
ooo this one does sounds interesting, I wish I had more time to read so I could pickup something like this.
Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk
My blog tours are always open for you when you need a new read 🙂 xxx
This sounds like a fun book, but it might be a little confusing to me.
A Sparkle Of Grace
Haha it wasn’t a fun book by any means… it was scary and disturbing.
This sounds like a great book to read for Halloween, it sounds really gripping and like something you could really immerse yourself in! I think you’ve done a great job with this as a balanced review – perhaps what could’ve helped on the character front is if the author had included a character list with a short bio for each person in the front / back of the book which you could flick to if you got confused! Fab review, I’m still very tempted to read this!
Abbey 💗 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk
That’s a fantastic idea, Abbey, that certainly would have helped me a LOT because I did get rather muddled up!
I haven’t picked up a book in quite some time as I’ve just been SO busy but when I do, I usually go for something a bit more ‘love-y’ as its just the kind of style that I go for. This book does sound really interesting though, I love how you said you can just get lost in the book and really get into it… I might pick this up when I next go shopping!
Im not really into romance tbh and tend to steer quite clear of it – I dunno what it is, I just can’t bear it haha I’m much more of a murders and thriller kinda girl haha!
Horrors and thrillers aren’t my preferred reading choices but I was interested to hear what you had to say about this one. Also that you were intrigued enough to review one of your own! (so to speak). Based on what you’ve said, I think it’s one I could recommend to friends who do like this genre so thank you for a very detailed review! X
Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com
Thanks Lisa xxx
I don’t read many thrillers, but this does sound like a perfect read for this spooky time of year! I suppose I can always put the book in the freezer if it scares me too much! 🤣
Hahaha you certainly could! I wouldn’t say it’s scary but more just creepy and disturbing. Great though!
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This book sounds great and I’m glad you managed to get lost in it, despite the characters getting a little overwhelming at times. Sounds like a perfect read for this time of year. 🎃
It absolutely is! It’s the perfect Halloween read, especially if you want something a little different too 👻