With thanks to Netgalley and Harpercollins for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
I enjoyed Cass Green's first book The Woman Next Door so I was look forward to reading In a Cottage in a Wood.
I was drawn into this book from the first page. It is very easy reading with short snappy chapters. Neve wakes up in the middle of the night in a strangers bed. It was her works chrismas do where she met whatisface. Neve recently split up with her boyfriend Daniel and is living with her sister Lou, her husband Steve and daughter Lottie. Her BF Mira is pregnant and did not attend the party, drunk and bored Neve had a one night stand.
After escaping Whatisface she starts to walk home over Waterloo Bridge where she meets Isabelle. Isabelle looks distressed and is wearing only a vintage gown. Neve asks her if she is all right and offers her the fare for a bus ride home. Isabelle thanks Neve and tells her is a good person and then jumps into the Thames. The following day Isabelle's body is found washed up.
A few weeks later Neve finds out that Isabelle Shawcross bequeathed her Petty Wynn Cottage in her will. Surprised Neve intends to sell the property but when she believes she is about to made redundant she walks out of her job, packs a bag and goes straight to her cottage to clear her head.
The cottage is in the middle nowwhere with little public transport and no shops nearby. After travelling hours Neve arrives in the cottage and finds the property has been wrecked and finds a dead magpie in the sink. Hours later the electricity goes off increasing her desolation. In the morning she discovers all the windows have bars but why? Strange things continue to happen in the cottage, another dead magpie, doors unlocked and the radio switched on all day. Neve makes friends with neighbours Sally and Will Gardiner who tell that isabelle was scared and thought she was in danger. Scared Neve decides to find out what happened to Isabelle.
Neve finds out that Isabelle was a prison visitor, she was close friends to ex policeman Bob Dyer. When Neve visits Bob he refuses to speak to her.
This was a scary book with plenty of red herrings, you could definitely feel the terror Neve felt alone in the cottage. Unfortunately I did not feel sorry for Neve, her recklessness annoyed me. I liked Lou, Neve's long suffering sensible big sister and Mira who sounded funny and down to earth. I wishes Mira could of played a bigger part in the story. I did not guess the who the culprit was but I did have a fair idea of the reason why it was happening. There was a revelation in this book I did not see coming in a million years. I have deducted a start for the far fetched conclusion but I did enjoy it none the less. I look forward to the next book.