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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The House Sitter by Ellery Kane, published by Bookouture.


‘You’re just the girl I’ve been looking for,’ Iris told me, her blue eyes sparkling, when she offered me the job as her live-in helper. Little did she know, I thought the exact same about her. And she was wrong to trust me…

As I clean Iris’s large, old house in Pacific Heights, my boyfriend Seth works outside, tending to the lawn and fixing the broken gate. I can’t help but notice Iris’s steely eyes watching our every move. Does she know why we’re really here?

Most days we live in perfect harmony, but today Iris is confused. She thinks we moved in uninvited. I pass her a tablet from the medicine cabinet, knowing she’ll soon calm down and remember how lucky she is to have found us.

Later that night, the police arrive to find Iris’s perfect house turned upside down, the telephone lying on the floor, its cord severed. They walk through each room, calling out, but the house remains totally silent.

You will think you know what happened that night, but when the police discover something unexpected hidden amongst the wreckage in Iris’s bedroom, you’ll find you don’t know a thing.

This heart-stopping psychological thriller is perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, Minka Kent and Lucinda Berry. As soon as you start reading The House Sitter, you’ll be hooked!

“She’s in your home…But can you trust her?…”

The House Sitter revolves around widowed Iris as she enlists the help from down on their luck Lydia and Seth to help caretake her sprawling home. But after what starts as a good arrangement, soon takes a sinister turn.

The prologue kicks off with a chilling 911 phone call that sets the tone for the rest of the story. Kane moves things along seamlessly via a before and after structure as we get a full picture in the lead up to that call with Iris’, Lydia’s and Seth’s backgrounds and how they shape the present.

As a first time reader of Ellery Kane, The House Sitter was a great introduction to her work. An intriguing plot, with strong characters and a incredibly tense atmosphere, this one had me gripping the Kindle so hard in anticipation of what was to come. And when it all came to a head, all I can say is WOW!

All round The House Sitter is a very clever, twisty, thrilling and entertaining read and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Thank you to Ellery Kane, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The House Sitter, 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 with Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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


Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember.

Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers.

Ellery lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, a picturesque setting that provides the backdrop for many of her novels. If you don’t find Ellery interviewing murderers behind prison walls or pecking away at her latest novel, she is probably at the gym landing a solid jab-cross to a punching bag; riding bicycles with her special someone; or enjoying a movie the old-fashioned way–at the theater with popcorn and Milk Duds.

Ellery was previously selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition, and she recently signed a three book deal with Bookouture for her new Rockwell and Decker mystery thriller series. If you’d like to receive a notification when new books are released, please sign up for Ellery’s newsletter at Ellery also signs e-books on



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