Saturday, 5 October 2019

The Hive by Jane Holland

Title: The Hive
Author: Jane Holland
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: July 2019

A brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it's a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there's the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she's losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility ...

"Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!" - 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel's Random Reads

My Review:

The book begins with Charlotte and her Russian boyfriend, Alex, returning home from a romantic holiday to discover her mother's body hanging in the lounge. Her Father’s dementia means he can't give any explanation of anything that happened while they were away. Adding to this difficult homecoming was a strange delivery of a box of dead bees, suspicious policemen, an over-friendly family doctor and a tetchy carer.

I didn't like any of the characters very much, they all seemed creepy or were hiding something, even Charlotte annoyed me with her dithering!

I did, however, like the book. After the devasting home-coming things for Charlotte took a turn for the worse, as she was made to feel crazy, scared and paranoid. Who was watching her? What was making the buzzing sound that only occurred when she was alone? Who is setting her up to lose her job for industrial espionage? And why does an old photo showing her dad standing outside Bee Hive Cottage scare him so much?

There are more questions than answers in the first half of this book, but the second half more than made up for it with many twists and turns, culminating in an unexpected finale.

All in all, a puzzling and creepy thriller that kept me turning the pages.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

Author Bio:

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She's published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

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