Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for sending me this proof copy in return for my honest review.
Jenny loves to house-sit, pretending to be someone else – just for a bit. Her latest booking is a beautiful, old rectory owned by the successful Lewis family. Battling to control the riotous family dog and stay cool in an unrelenting heat-wave, she discovers skeletons in the Lewis’ closet that disrupt her paradise. But then a seductive new friendship offers her a second chance: to open herself up to love again and finally live life on her own terms.
This was a surprisingly long book to read. The plot is full of twists (some of them rather unexpected), but they often felt unrealistic – especially at the beginning of the novel (which are obviously there to build up the tension).
The characters are typical of those for this type of genre – both the male character of Euan and the female character of Jenny – as well as the development of the relationship between them. My favourite character though was definitely Gunter, the dog. Despite being an animal, his characterisation is brilliant by Walker – you can really imagine his cheeky, crazy nature.
I felt this novel improved and became more engaging as it went on (it didn’t grab me initially). However, I absolutely loved the ‘To Do’ lists at the start of each chapter, and how they changed according to different events – I thought it was very clever.