Review: The Attic Room by Linda Huber

Title - The Attic Room
Author - Linda Huber
Publication Date - July 22nd 2015
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 310

A father’s secret... a mother’s lie... a family mystery. 

An unexpected phone call – and Nina’s life takes a disturbing twist. Who is John Moore? And how does he know her name?
Nina travels south to see the house she inherited, but sinister letters arrive and she finds herself in the middle of a police investigation. With her identity called into question, Nina uncovers a shocking crime. But what, exactly, happened in the attic room, all those years ago? The answer could lie close to home. 
The arrival of her ten-year-old daughter compounds Nina’s problems, but her tormentor strikes before she can react. Searching for the truth about the Moore family puts both Nina and her child into grave danger. 

A fast-moving, chilling suspense novel by the author of The Cold Cold Sea and The Paradise Trees.

Originally it was the cover that drew me to Linda Huber's 'psychological thriller' The Attic Room. Once that had caught my attention, I turned my focus to the blurb and thought it sounded like a novel I'd really like to know more about. It intrigued me with talk of twists, secrets and mystery, so I grabbed myself a copy off Amazon and couldn't wait to begin.

The Attic Room by Linda Huber follows the dual-narrative of Claire and Nina, mother and daughter. Nina now resides on the Isle of Arran with her daughter and Claire has passed away. It is then, while battling her own grief and soothing her daughter's, that Claire receives the phone call beckoning her towards a house she has been left by a man who goes by the name of John Moore. The name means nothing to Nina which only unnerves her. Feeling that she has no choice but to set out and discover what's going on and why she's been left the house and by who, she does exactly that, and what she finds rocks her world to its very core.

Linda Huber writes fantastically, that much is clear. There was a real sense of uneasiness and foreboding within The Attic Room, and before anything even remotely shocking happened, I was steeling myself against whatever was about to come out of the shadows. As Nina arrives at the house she's inherited, she begins to gradually uncover parts of the past that make her realise she's more connected to the mysterious John Moore than she realised. There were so many secrets and revelations to be had in this novel. It was gripping, and each time something new rose to the surface of Nina's bubbling-pot of a past, I couldn't wait to see where it would take her in her discoveries.

I adored the structure of this novel. Linda not only kept me in the present day with Nina as she goes delves into the past but she also takes me back to the past to be alongside Nina's mother, Claire. Thoroughly enjoyable and much darker than I at first expected it to be, this switching back and forth, although not constant, captivated me. I was intrigued by Claire and what had happened back then, the consequences of her actions catching up with Nina in the present day. I felt completely involved in this story and when new characters and threatening presences began to step onto the scene, it only pulled me in further.

Linda's characters were brilliantly put together, especially Paul who came into the plot much later on. Nina's journey towards figuring out the past came to a head at one point and I couldn't get through the pages quick enough to reach that moment when everything would make sense. I felt that the novel lost a slight bit of pace when I began to near the end although it still had an impact on me. What Nina goes through, and her mother years beforehand for that matter, results in a dramatic ending which makes me eager for more from this author. It was certainly thrilling, that much is true, and the unravelling of the mystery within the pages and the truth about John Moore was shocking. When Nina's daughter was dragged into it, I sincerely hoped that she wouldn't be harmed and it added a family dynamic to the novel which was already so deeply-rooted within the plot itself. I feel that Sam should get a special mention here too, as he provided Nina with a sense of stability and strength throughout the story and I loved the bond that began to blossom between them as the book progressed.

Overall, I found The Attic Room by Linda Huber to be a riveting, captivating novel shrouded in dark mystery, halting revelations and twists leading me down paths I didn't see coming. With such well-developed characters, beautiful scenery that contrasted greatly with the grim plot and a whole history of things that should have been said but hadn't, I'm very happy that I picked up this book and will certainly be reading more from Linda Huber in the future. On that note, Becca's Books is awarding The Attic Room by Linda Huber with four of my bookish stars! A brilliant starting point for me with this author and I can't wait to pick up the next novel by Huber. I'm sure it shan't be too long!

1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much! Really glad you liked it.