Review: The Secrets of Mill House by Anne Wyn Clark


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Books UK (September 28, 2023)

From When a baby is kidnapped in broad daylight with no witnesses, an otherwise sleepy suburb is rocked by scandal and ten-year-old Flora Lanyon is terrified.

Decades later, Flora takes a job as a live-in carer for elderly couple, Agnes and Abraham, moving into the decrepit watermill where they live.

As strange and unexplainable occurrences start to happen, Flora grows increasingly suspicious. What dark secrets are hiding in the house? Is Flora safe there? And can she unearth the truth before the past catches up with the present?


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

Sadly, I made it a little more than halfway through this novel before I final gave up and just accepted the fact that it was not for me. 

To begin with, I never felt any sense of dread, or anticipation while reading this, even though parts of the story took place in an atmosphere that was meant to be foreboding. I'm not sure if this was due to the alternating timelines, or the fact that I felt as though the plot points were way too convenient to be even remotely believable. Adding to this, most of the novel seemed to drag on to the point that I became bored waiting for something to happen. And when something did happen? Most of the time it seemed to just.... fizzle out leading me to wonder just what the point was of including it at all. 

Overall, while this one didn't work for me and I couldn't finish it, if the synopsis intrigues you then I think you should give it a shot as what didn't work for me may just work for you. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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