The first woman, Emma, is another victim of a hot burglary. She confronts the man wearing a balaclava and holding a knife, then lets him leave with among other things, her phone. It’s not initially clear what the hood has done to Emma, since she dodges the question in her subsequent therapy. Nevertheless, Emma and her live-in boyfriend, Simon, agree to find a new flat. Their search for something they can afford is fruitless until the agent mentions One Folgate Street. This house becomes the classic “McGuffin” and it is quite a McGuffin.
The couple inspect the house and find it to be Bill Gate’s dream home of incredible technology that can even sense their mood, remember how hot they like their shower, and practically cook their dinner. Combine the technology with a weird minimalism and we have a house that is the main character.
Jane has suffered a late term miscarriage and wants to start her life over. She thinks the austere house will help. Once Jane learns that her predecessor Emma died in the house, she determines to find out why and if she was murdered, who killed her. As Jane follows the trail left by Emma, she discovers that Emma had been doing her own investigation into Monkford and the house before her death. A bit like Laura’s in the cabin book, Jane’s investigation becomes frustrating since she seems to have a good relationship with Monkford and has found a new job that is helping her recover from her baby’s demise.
The book sails along with alternating scenes involving the two women. Unfortunately, at a critical point one loses sympathy for Emma. The author tosses a few red herrings for potential culprits of Emma’s death but again I guessed the villain fairly early. I won’t give it away but when the author goes to great lengths to paint a character or a suspect as creepy, you can usually guess that’s not the guy who did it.
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Steve E Clark as seen in the New York Times is Author of Justice Is for the Lonely and Justice Is for the Deserving. Kristen Kerry Novels Of Suspense. You can purchase his books via his site at www.SteveClarkAuthor.com/BuyBook or request it at your local book store. Want to know more about Steve Clark or read more reviews? Learn more about Steve on his website www.SteveClarkAuthor.com