Sunday 2 July 2017

Vixenhead - Eve Seymour

Somewhere in Vixenhead, I’m certain the truth lies…
A sudden disappearance…
When Roz Outlaw's partner Tom mysteriously vanishes, she knows his life is in danger. Tom has been distracted lately, afraid, as though he is being hunted…
A desperate search…
With the police showing little interest Roz knows it falls to her to find Tom. But as Tom's secrets are uncovered nothing can prepare Roz for the dark lies and twisted truths she finds. She thought she loved Tom, but quickly realises she has been living with a stranger – a man with murder in his past.
A house of evil.
The key to unlocking Tom's past lies in his childhood home – Vixenhead. A house of wickedness that keeps its secrets well hidden. Can Roz find Tom before it's too late or will the evil within Vixenhead claim her too…

What did I think?

HarperImpulse turn to the dark side with Vixenhead and it's a book that I absolutely whizzed through.  It's so easy to read and hooks you from the start when Tom appears to have the perfect relationship with Roz yet vanishes without even saying goodbye.  The catalyst being his photograph appearing in a magazine - what or who is he running from and why does he not want to be found?  The answers are all within the intriguing pages of Vixenhead.

Firstly, I have to say that I loved the homage to Robin Hood with characters named Roz Outlaw and Tom Loxley.  It did make me smile but if I thought Vixenhead was going to be a light-hearted read, I was so wrong.  Roz and Tom seem to be so in love but then one day Tom disappears - he just packs up and leaves without a word.  Roz can't understand what went wrong and turns into a bit of a Miss Marple as she hunts high and low for Tom.  Roz isn't at all prepared for what she might uncover and it leads her into terrible danger at Tom's childhood home, the rather imposing Vixenhead.  

I did rather enjoy Vixenhead; it is fast-paced and intriguing enough to keep you hooked and ensure that the pages turn as fast as possible. The only slight gripe I have is that the house, which the book is named after, doesn't really appear until the latter chapters and I would have loved to have felt my skin crawling as I was introduced to the imposing structure.  I loved Roz's determination to get to the bottom of the Tom mystery and my reading pace increased in line with the dangerous circumstances at the end.  Vixenhead is a good solid relationship-based thriller that held my interest throughout, it begs the question 'how well do you know the person you are sharing your life with?'  I think it would make a good holiday read rather than the late-night spine tingler that I expected.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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