As I waved my neighbours off to their holiday in Wales this morning it struck me that if you paid attention to this years crime fiction you would never set foot in the place. Far too dangerous! First off there was Mark Edwards’ The Retreat (check out my review on that one too) and now hot on its heels is Do Not Disturb.
Kirsty is desperate for a new start with her family. Leaving London and all of its memories behind she is beginning a new life running a guest house in a small Welsh town. Going into business with her husband Adrian and her mother feels like the perfect choice. The old stone house is a little run down having been neglected for a while but Kirsty is up for the challenge.
When the first guests start to arrive Kirsty is irked by the interference of her mother and the sudden appearance of cousin Selena and her sickly daughter Rose. A rift in the family meant that Kirsty hadn’t seen Selena since they were eighteen.
The book opens to the screams of Kirsty’s mother as she finds a body at the bottom of the stairs. Setting the tone nicely with dark sinister notes the story then goes back to the family’s arrival in Wales. Douglas has woven together a cleverly complex story and I was convinced that three different people were the killer (all wrong I might add!).
Do Not Disturb is the perfect book to read on your sunbed this holiday. It will keep you gripped all the way to the quite surprising end. I suspect that it will be a favourite with book groups over the next year with more than a few discussion points to be found within its pages.
Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Aug 1 2018. 400 pages.
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