Book Review: Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark

Posted August 30, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 5 Comments

Whisper Cottage
Whisper Cottage
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by Anne Wyn Clark
Publication Date September 2, 2021
Published by HarperCollins UK
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Genres: Fiction / General, Fiction / Gothic, Fiction / Psychological, Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic, Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological, Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

How well do you know the woman next door?

When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.

Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems.

Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home?

A haunting, twisty story about the power of secrets and rumours, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware’s The Turn of the Key and Lucy Atkins’s Magpie Lane.

My Review:

Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark is a psychological thriller that is full of surprises, twists, and turns.  If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, Whisper Cottage will not disappoint. 

When Jack, a veterinarian gets a job in a rural village near Stratford Upon Avon, he and his wife Stina move into an old rural cottage in a small village nearby.  They meet their new neighbor, Mrs. Bailey, an elderly woman who lives next door.  They soon become friends with Mrs. Bailey even though most of the villagers stay far away from her.  

Stina sees a mysterious figure in Mrs. Bailey’s garden but neither her husband Jack, nor Mrs. Bailey ever sees this figure, and they all blame her sightings on the stress of her pregnancy, but Stina knows what she saw, and can’t forget him, or the mysterious noises she hears from their shared attic.  What if Mrs. Bailey isn’t what she appears to be? 

Whisper Cottage starts off a bit slow as we learn about Jack, Stina, and Mrs. Bailey, but once the action starts, the book takes off on a wild ride.  I have to admit here that I am not a fan of psychological thrillers because I feel some anxiety when I read them.  And Whisper Cottage was no different.  But, because I was anxious while I was reading this book, I also knew it was very well written as I really didn’t know what was coming next, which proves to me that Anne Wyn Clark is a talented writer.  The ending of this book was a real surprise that I did not expect, at all, and the authors’ talent at spinning such a twisted story is evident.  I highly recommend Whisper Cottage to fans of physiological thrillers.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

5 responses to “Book Review: Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark

  1. How have I not heard of this one yet? Your review makes it sound so good. I will definitely be taking a closer look at it. Wonderful review!