Title: You Let Me In
Author: Lucy Clarke
Pub Date: 2018
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke
Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .
I’M IN YOUR HOUSE
There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.
I’M IN YOUR HEAD
Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.
AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET
As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…
You Let Me In is truly a chilling story that will raise your awareness of every little sound that your house is making. Is there someone in your kitchen or was it just wind? In a picturesque Cornwall village, in a beautiful modern house on a cliff in a room with a view on the cold waters of the sea, Elle struggles with her sophomore novel. Her debut was an international success, she toured many countries, gives live Facebook chats about her craft and shares all intimate details of her life with thousands of followers online.
But the pretty cover doesn’t match the ugly insides of her life. She is struggling with insomnia, the stress of financial problems and looming deadline that if not met will truly destroy her finances and on top of that, divorce. To help her with the financial situation, she Airbnbs her house during her writers’ retreat in France. When she comes back, the house feels different. There was someone else living in her home, touching her things and possibly someone broke into her writer’s room she locked all her previous possessions in. Each day brings more stress and more anxiety caused by the mystery of the family that stayed in her home, her neighbour’s son and disturbing online fan. Luckily she has her sister with her husband and son to support her.
I’m impressed with how well the story was crafted, how the author shows us all the bits and pieces to masterfully put it all together at the end in a chilling finale. The epilogue was a cherry in the top of the already great story, that leaves us questioning what did we actually read.