By – लिसा ज्वेली

There are many things I like about Lisa’s writing. I like the characterisation she does, bringing fully rounded and believable people on the page. I love the plotting, always with an edge of sinister mystery that almost has me rushing to the end, but I stop myself and make time to take in my favourite part of her books; the atmosphere. She is better than other authors I’ve read, creating time and place that leaps off pages and curls itself around mind, it’s both comforting and slightly edgy, but I’m always absolutely fully immersed in the book.

25 year old Libby can’t believe her luck when Libby discovers that she has inherited a mansion in Chelsea. The property was held in trust for her since she was a baby. Libby has no idea about her past secrets that are connected with it. The moment she stepped inside her home, she realised there is something very eerie about place. Soon the secrets of her past came back to haunt her.

परिवार ऊपर की ओर रहस्य में डूबा हुआ है। जैसे-जैसे लिब्बी अतीत के बारे में जानना शुरू करती है, मेरी उत्सुकता उसके परिवार और पंथ, ग्रो के बारे में जानने की होती है। मैं जानना चाहता था कि जब बाकी (परिवार) मारे गए, तो वह अकेली क्यों बची और उसके भाई-बहन कहां गायब हो गए। लिब्बी ने एक पत्रकार मिलर के साथ मिलकर इस बात का खुलासा किया कि घर में सालों पहले क्या हुआ था। उन्होंने पहले जवाब खोजने की कोशिश की है, लेकिन अब जब उनके पास लिब्बी है, तो उन्हें लगता है कि वह सच्चाई के करीब एक कदम आगे हैं।

The most chilling scene in the book was when Lisa Jewell took us back in time before Libby was born. It made it even more disturbing to think of Libby staying in the house where the dreadful things  once happened. It made me think someone was watching her. The flashback scenes were filled with a strong sense of foreboding, especially when Libby’s family, first became acquainted with their new guests. You can see that there is something off here with them right from the start and I wanted to know what it was that they were planning.

Story is also told from another point of view by a character called Lucy. I connected with Lucy straight away, and you can’t help but feel sorry for her, as she was struggling to keep her family together. Lucy was living abroad, but she was desperate to get back to the UK. It was clear that she has to go to extreme lengths to achieve this goal, to ensure safe passage for her and her children, but what connection does she had with Libby?

फैमिली अपस्टेयर शुरू से ही खौफनाक है। इसने मुझे सवाल पूछते रहे। मैंने सोचा था कि यह एक बहुत ही संतोषजनक अंत में भी समाप्त हुआ।