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On the Bookshelf: The Woman in the Attic

The Woman in the Attic by Newfoundland author Emily Hepditch is published by Flanker Press.

This is the tale of a young woman’s trek from her home in the city where she attends university, to her childhood home four hours away to deal with the situation of clearing out the home that she grew up in and to get her mother ready for a placement in a care home. A story of secrets, lies and mystery abound.

Set on the rugged coast of Newfoundland, where the weather can change from nice to nasty with the snap of your fingers.

Hannah Fitzgerald cannot believe the state of her childhood home and is totally unaware of how nasty and dangerous her mother, Adelaide, can be due to her dementia. Adelaide is not going to be leaving peacefully, oh no she is not!

Hannah, with the help of her mother’s nurse, Colleen, is determined to see it through until the end. Hannah uncovers a secret room in the attic and learns of her mother’s friend from long ago, Ada Fraser. Things are not as they seem.

The Woman In The Attic is a psychological thriller that takes you on a ride of unexpected events that lead to an ending you would never imagine. Spine tingling.

The characters in the story are interesting, Hannah appears to be a confident young woman who begins to doubt herself. Her mother, Adelaide, is stronger than she appears, and there are things that she says and things that she does that are surprising and startling to Hannah. Colleen the nurse appears cool and aloof and it appears in all ways that she is just there for the job and nothing else. But is she? There is more to her than meets the eye in a very unnerving kind of way.

The story is slow going at first and doesn’t really take off until about midway through. From there to the end it keeps your attention on it’s winding trail that gives you chills down your spine. The character’s all appear disconnected until in the latter part of the story where you can finally see how the puzzle is fitting together and this makes up for the slow beginning.

Darlene Kettle is a native of Port aux Basques now living in Nova Scotia. One of her favourite things to do is curl up with a glass of wine and a good book! Her opinions are entirely her own. You can reach her by sending an email to If you would like Darlene to review your book, please submit a hard copy in care of Wreckhouse Press at PO Box 773, Port aux Basques, NL. A0M 1C0

The characters are well developed with surprises popping out at you along the way. You think you have it all figured out but lo and behold, the author takes you along a narrow, twisting path that makes you hold your breath. The surprises brings the reader to tears and anger. A suspenseful read from a young author who has talent.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes psychological thrillers, it will send chills down your spine.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars (for some spelling errors).

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