A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. Read February 2016.

This story kept me guessing throughout. I read a lot of crime fiction and can usually guess whodunnit early on, but not in this case.

“When Ruby finds out that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, a job house-sitting in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution. 
But…Ruby’s new job takes an unnerving turn – one she cannot resist investigating herself. Ruby’s new boss…seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play?”

If you enjoy a gripping page turner of a book you’ll love A Stranger’s House. The writing style has a classic, cosy crime feel but some of the characters we meet are far from cosy. The author cleverly introduces each of them in a way that puts everyone under suspicion. 

The only slight criticism I have is that occasionally the change in point of view between Ruby and Nate felt a little clunky. This might be because I’m more used to authors splitting up the points of view into separate chapters, clearly marking who is “speaking”. 

Highly recommended to all crime fiction fans and I’m happy to have found a new (to me) author.

Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the advance copy e-book to review.



3 thoughts on “A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase. Read February 2016.

    • I agree that cosy is an odd word to have been adopted to describe any kind of crime, especially murder, but it’s a useful shorthand way of labelling that kind of read. I’m not a fan of cosy crime books particularly but prefer them to those containing a lot of gratuitous violence.

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