I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
In a dark, dark wood
In Summer 1990, Caroline and Joanna are sent to stay with their great aunt, Dora, to spend their holidays in a sunlit village near the Forest of Dean. The countryside is a welcome change from the trauma they know back home in the city; a chance to make the world a joyful playground again. But in the shadowy woods at the edge of the forest hide secrets that will bring their innocence to a distressing end and make this a summer they will never forget.
There was a dark, dark house
Years later, a shocking act of violence sends Joanna back to Witchwood. In her great aunt’s lonely and dilapidating cottage, she will attempt to unearth the secrets of that terrifying summer and come to terms with the haunting effects it has left on her life. But in her quest to find answers, who can she trust? And will she be able to survive the impending danger from those trying to bury the truth?
This is the first book by Rebecca Griffiths, which I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s a sense of menace which runs right throughout A Place to Lie which made it so gripping and this darkens as the novel progresses. I wanted to unravel the secrets within the pages, and I became very engaged by the lead characters. It is a book which you can quite quickly become lost in. This is all down to Rebecca’s wonderful, immersive writing.
Once I read the first few pages of this book, I knew I had to read on. There’s a very captivating scene right at the beginning where someone appears to be in very grave danger. The adrenaline is there right from the get-go. At this moment I had to know who she was and who she was running from and why. Why was she so scared? After the opening, the novel does slow down a little as Rebecca introduces us to our lead character, Joanna, a famous pianist whose sister, Caroline has just died. Joanna is distraught to learn of her sister’s death and sets out trying to find answers. Joanna is even more intrigued when Caroline’s death appears to have a connection to a dark summer which took place many moons ago.
Rebecca Griffiths has an expert eye for developing characters. As she takes us back to a pivotal time in Caroline and Joanna’s life, the summer in 1990, I began to understand just how events in the past affected the two girls in the present. The world which Rebecca built around them had so much detail. I loved the name of the village where they grew up, Witchwood. It gave the story a very haunting feel which I particularly liked about this book, and for me it made it stand out. Rebecca made the setting here feel so, so eerie, and it drew me effortlessly into the world she had created.
A Place to Lie is a very dark novel, and there are some haunting secrets to uncover which bind everything together. I’ve read a few reviews where others have noted how it has reminded them of folklore tales and fairy stories. I can certainly see why and I think this is what gave the novel that extra slice of darkness and why I felt so drawn into the sleepy village of Witchwood.
Publication date: 6th December 2018
Print length: 400 pages
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