Title: The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 4th May 2020
Jake and Kate live in London but after an altercation with a stranger who threatens Jake with a knife, they take their son and move to a house in the woods.
It’s their dream home, or so they think until people in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.
Their neighbours are strange and when Kate sees a face at the window, the family realise they might be in danger.
When they find a tape hidden in the loft of the house, a video recording of the previous family who once lived there, it chills them to the bone.
They soon realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and they too could now be next.
What is the mystery surrounding the house on Rectory Lane?
Jake and Kate are about to find out…
I want to thank Sarah at Books On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a great twisty read The House on Rectory Lane was!
Stuart James has been on my radar for a while now, so I was looking forward to actually sitting down to read one of his books.
The story follows Jake, Kate and their son Sean. They’re sick of London and after a series of scary events they find the perfect house for their little family. It’s quiet and secluded but as soon as they move in strange things start to happen. They need to get to the bottom of the mystery before they disappear just like the previous family.
Jake is a likeable character that you can’t help rooting for. You can really feel his terror and paranoia oozing from the pages as you read.
The book pulls you in from the very beginning with great tension, suspense and a fast pace, culminating into a surprising ending.
Truthfully the ending verged on the is this really that believable but it was still enjoyable all the same.
The House on Rectory Lane is a well crafted novel with plenty of heart in your mouth moments. A must for thriller fans!
About The Author:
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breath away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.
I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.
That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.
A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.
A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.
A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year.
I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.
I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.