The Open House by Sam Carrington #bookreview @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK @1stMondayCrime

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the latest thriller by Sam Carrington, The Open House on my blog today. Next month on, Monday, 7th December 2020, Sam will also be appearing on the First Monday Crime Panel. I’ll have more details at the end of this post. First, let’s take a look at what the book is about.

The Open House: One of the most perfect, gripping reads of 2020 from the USA Today bestseller by [Sam Carrington]


Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.
When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.
But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.
Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it…


Many will know how stressful moving house can be. But in The Open House by Sam Carrington, the stress levels are taken up a notch for Amber. She is currently going through a divorce which is the reason why she is selling the house they were gifted by her mother-in-law when she and her husband, Nick, got married. But Nick’s mother certainly isn’t supportive of the idea of Amber selling the home and moving elsewhere with her grandchildren. But is there a darker reason why Nick’s mother doesn’t want the house to be sold? What secrets is she hiding?

I think this is Sam’s most chilling book to date. In an effort to track more potential buyers, Amber decides to take the advice of the estate agent when he suggests an open house event. Amber can see the visitors enter her home. Fourteen enter the property, but only thirteen emerge. Had Amber simply miscounted? But what is even more concerning is when her son is too frightened to sleep in his own bed and complains of the man upstairs in the house.

I loved the mystery element behind this book. As well as what is happening in the present; we also have the mystery of what happened to Nick’s brother, Tim. Tim disappeared when they were teenagers, and it is part of the reason why Nick later joined the police force. He does so in the hope of finding evidence of what happened to his brother. This is also one reason why his mother doesn’t want Amber to sell the house and move. She feels as though her family is breaking apart and after the disappearance of her son, she says it’s all she has left.

I wanted to know what Amber’s former mother-in-law’s motives were and the real reasons behind her not wanting the house to be sold. For me, I didn’t quite believe that this could simply be the case that she didn’t want her family to move away. Amber is determined to find out the reasons why. I also wanted to know what had happened to Nick’s brother all those years ago.

I really enjoy Sam Carrington’s books, and if you haven’t discovered her writing yet, then you really need to. I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 10th December 2020

Print length: 376 pages

The Open House is available to buy:

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First Monday Crime is back for December at 19.30 p.m. on Monday, 7th and as it was last month, it’ll be streaming live from the First Monday Crime Facebook page. The authors taking part in the December panel are, Susi Holliday, author of The Last Resort, AK Turner, author of Body Language, Sam Carrington, author of The Open House and Deborah Masson, author of Out for Blood.

To access the event simply click on the following link: First Monday Crime

July Wrap-Up

I don’t know about you, but I still think things are just as crazy in the world as they were four months ago when we first went into lockdown in the UK. In the last couple of weeks I have started to go out a bit more; I’ve also been up to our local pub twice. It’s felt really good to get out and socialise with people but I’m still missing the regular bookish events I normally attend. Sadly I can’t see any of these events happening again until next year at the earliest.

I’ve been ploughing my way through books this months. I’ve now so far read a total of 88 books towards my Goodreads challenge of 160 by the end of the year.

I took part in four blog tours this month and I have included the links to them below in case you missed any.

All Fall Down by M.J. Arlidge

Left For Dead by Caroline Mitchell

Written in Blood by Chris Carter

The Next Widow by C J Lyons

My book buying has been on the up again this month, God knows how I’m ever going to get on top of my TBR pile 😂😂. I turned twenty-five on the 13th July so I did receive a few gift cards to spend on books for my birthday. Of course I’d spent them within a couple of days!

I’ve ordered The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer, Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough, How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister, The Syndicate by G.J. Minett, Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard, A Song of Isolation by Michael J Malone, The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond, The Storm by Amanda Jennings, Senseless by Ed James, Shed No Tears by Caz Frear and The House Party by Mary Grand.

The Blossom Twins: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 5) by [Carol Wyer] Dead to Her: The most gripping crime thriller book you have to read in 2020 from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author! by [Sarah Pinborough]

Rewind: An explosive and twisted story for fans of The Hunting Party by [Catherine Ryan Howard] A Song of Isolation by [Michael J. Malone]

Senseless: the most chilling crime thriller of the year by [Ed James]

Shed No Tears: The stunning new thriller from the author of Richard and Judy pick 'Sweet Little Lies' (DC Cat Kinsella) by [Caz Frear] The House Party: A gripping heart-stopping new psychological thriller for 2020 by [Mary Grand]

I have six blog tours coming up for August. The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone on the 3rd, Final Cut by S.J. Watson on the 4th, The Silence by Susan Allott on the 6th, Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis on the 7th, Hinton Hollow Deathtrip by Will Carver on the 10th and The Whispering House by Elizabeth Brooks on the 19th August.

At the moment I’m currently reading How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister and The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer.

That’s all from me for this month. Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments. Happy Reading!