The Hive: A dark, spine-chilling thriller to keep you turning pages by Jane Holland
Published July 1st 2019 by Thimblerig Books
Genre: Thriller, Standalone
About the Book: The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland
Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.
Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.
Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …
“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads
This book was just creepy enough and suspenseful enough to keep me awake at night. I do not like bees, and the buzzing and possibility that there were bees in the walls was a bit scary. My heart went out to Charlotte. Not only had she been burned and disfigured at a young age, but she had lived with teasing and bullying for years. She finally finds a man who accepts her as she is, goes away with him on vacation and then finds her mother’s body hanging in the house when she returns, an apparent suicide. The guilt she has for leaving her alone with her father who had dementia is heartbreaking. It seems she can’t catch a break. This book is a slow burn. It starts with their return home and builds from there. Is Charlotte going crazy. Has everything been to much for her. Is she doing things she doesn’t remember. The last third of this book had me racing through the pages. I was totally taken by surprise when the final twist happened, yet it made sense and there were a few clues dropped along the way.
Overall, I found this a good read for the month of October. The setting was atmospheric and creepy enough. The bees added that Alfred Hitchcock feel and the sinister “Russian Mafia” as well as the espionage at work had my mind working overtime. Charlotte was a very sympathetic character, I thought Alex was a creep and Harold, her father’s caregiver actually grew on me. One I recommend for Creeptober reading. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About Jane Holland: Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.
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