The New Home by Chris Merritt @drcjmerritt @bookouture #PublicationDay #BookReview

Wishing Chris Merritt a happy publication day for his new book The New Home!

Title: The New Home by Chris Merritt

Publisher: Bookouture 

Date Published: 7th September 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller


You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

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I want to thank Bookouture for providing me with a copy of The New Home in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read a couple of Chris Merritt’s crime thrillers before, so when I heard he had a psychological thriller coming out, I was interested to see what he’d come up with.

I always know that whenever I read a Chris Merritt novel, his protagonist is going to go on a hell of a bumpy ride and Freya is no different.

Freya thinks she’s found the perfect home to live in with her fiance Jack. It’s a fixer upper but with time on her hands she thinks they can make it work, especially as her career as a documentary filmmaker has stalled. She makes friends with her new glamorous neighbour, Emily, who seems to have the perfect life. Things turn sour after Emily and daughter Thea disappear. Thinking the police are doing nothing, she looks into their disappearance, quickly becoming obsessed. The more she digs, her life spirals out of control and she can no longer be sure who to trust.

The story is told mostly from Freya’s POV, which means we get inside her head and see her thoughts up close and personal. There’s also an unknown narrator whose perspective was a bit creepy and unsettling.

Freya’s emotions are put across in such a realistic manner that it sometimes was a little hard to read. I’ll be honest, I had to put the novel down a couple of times because I felt like her paranoia was rubbing off on me a little!

The New Home is a realistic thriller peppered with raw emotions, compelling character and sinister moments.

About The Author:

Chris Merritt is a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All his novels are set in London, where he lives. He began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. He specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked his interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, he spends most of his time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When he’s not writing, he loves climbing and playing basketball.

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Author: ljwrites85

Aspiring author. Mother. General procrastinator. Book Nerd.

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