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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day Lakeview House by Helen Phifer, published by Bookouture.


Icy water laps against the wooden jetty. But the girl doesn’t notice the cold as she slips slowly under the freezing surface…

Running from a devastating relationship that almost cost her everything, Maddy Hart impulsively accepts a job as a live-in caretaker at imposing Lakeview House. She has no memories of having visited the crumbling mansion on the banks of Lake Thirlmere before, but when she arrives, something about the house feels familiar…

The more time Maddy spends in the house, the more unsettled she feels. Why does the local story about the last woman who lived here, who drowned on her wedding day, chill Maddy to the bone? By day, she clears out the dusty rooms, but in the dead of night it’s hard to explain away the eerie noises or crackly radio she hears hours after she turned it off. Slowly, Maddy begins to fear that her worst nightmare is coming true, has her past caught up with her…?

When a soaking wet wedding dress is left on Maddy’s doorstep she feels completely trapped. It is her exact measurements. Is her ex trying to send her a message? Or has Maddy’s digging uncovered an even deadlier secret? Will this perfect escape become the perfect trap?

A gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages until the final breathtaking twist. Perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Lisa Gardner and Ruth Ware.

Lakeview House was previously published as What Lies Below.

Oh WOW I absolutely LOVED this book! it gave me the chills and is so creepy! Straight off the bat I was completely invested in this story with its strong opening that sets the scene perfectly.

Set in the Lake District against an old dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere with secrets to hide, a lead character escaping from an abusive relationship and a serial killer on the loose makes Lakeview House an action packed read!

In terms of its characters, I really liked Maddy, found Stella on the nose and Connor an absolute a**hole, but each does make the story with their own perspectives that keep things interesting.

A master storyteller, Phifer gives the reader one hell of a story and gave my Kindle quite the workout! Furiously flicking the pages, at times it struggled to keep up with my pace as I was desperate to know how it was all going to unfold! I was not disappointed!

All up Lakeview House is a fabulous dark standalone thriller that is perfectly written and is another cracking read from Phifer which I highly recommend you checking out.

Thank you to Helen Phifer, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Lakeview House, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on Lakeview House. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Helen Phifer is the #1 Bestselling crime and horror novelist of the Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin and Beth Adams series. Helen lives in a small town in Cumbria.

Surrounded by miles of coastline and only a short drive from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading since the days she learnt how to in infant school.

She loves reading books that make the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end and make her afraid to go to the toilet, alone in the middle of the night.

She is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough of the scary stories she loves to read, she decided to write her own.



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