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Today I am reviewing Return to Blackwater House by Vikki Patis. This was released on the 1st of March, published by Hodder & Stoughton.


You can run from your past, but you can’t hide forever…

Rebecca Bray has moved on from a childhood she desperately wants to forget.

She has everything she’s ever wanted – the perfect fiancé, a loving stepdaughter, a career she’s proud of, and now the house of her dreams.

But when the family move to the Cornish village where Rebecca grew up, everything she wanted to bury from those years starts to claw at the surface.

Then, when her stepdaughter goes missing at a New Year’s Eve party, Rebecca must finally face the ghosts of her past – or Ava might never come home safely…

A haunting, atmospheric read full of twists, turns and bumps in the night – perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Nuala Ellwood and Sophie Draper.

Return to Blackwater House is a haunting and atmospheric tale that had me hooked and glued to the pages. Once again Patis has delivered a first class read which I absolutely loved!

Before you think, “not another missing child story”, there is so much more to this. So much more. It is quite dark, but powerfully compelling and it evoked many different emotions within me.

Set in a fictional Cornish seaside village, that compliments the story well, it moves swiftly from the outset starting with Ava’s disappearance and moves seamlessly from current, to a few months before and past tense. The reader is given an in-depth backstory and how these events are entwined in the current storyline, Its twists and turns shock and are very well done.

The cast of characters have been well crafted and are diverse. I loved Rebecca’s character and she pulled on my heartstrings. Kate, as the family liaison officer assigned after Ava’s disappearance, is another standout.

If there is one book you need to read this year, Return to Blackwater House is it. Patis is a powerhouse in the psychological thriller genre and knows her stuff. Perfectly plotted, written, and one that pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the final page, this book is definitely one of my best reads of the year!

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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Vikki Patis is the bestselling author of psychological thrillers In the Dark (2021), The Wake (2020), Girl, Lost (2020), The Girl Across the Street (2019), and The Diary (2018). Girl, Lost, a top 100 bestseller on Amazon, was later longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize 2020. Her latest thriller, Return to Blackwater House, was published in 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton.

She is represented by Emily Glenister at DHH Literary Agency and also writes historical fiction as Victoria Hawthorne. Her first historical suspense novel, The House at Helygen, will be published in April 2022 by Quercus, with another to follow in 2023. 

Vikki has also written articles for numerous publications. After being diagnosed with Perthes disease as a child, fibromyalgia in 2016 and coeliac disease in 2018, she tries to raise awareness of living with a chronic illness through her writing, and includes a diverse range of characters in her fiction. She lives in Scotland with her wife, two wild golden retrievers, and an even wilder cat.



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