What we thought: Want something shockingly original, with thrills and frights in abundance, something you can’t stop reading, something that you must keep reading until you reach that very last word? Read Lisa Hinsley’s novel, Stolen.
One of the great reads, this book. Cleverly written to sound so everyday, so natural that when the shocks happen, they freeze and frighten. The slow build up that leads to skin-creeping fear is masterly.
Thirty year old Emily travels to Scotland after a year of mourning, wanting to escape her mother’s cloying sympathy and her father’s relieved ‘perhaps it was for the best.’ Emotionally battered, she encounters an older, dependable, good looking man that she instinctively trusts. Accepting his offer to chill out, relax and heal her aching heart by spending time on his Shetland island, she does in fact find peace. All too soon that peace is shattered by the discovery that she’s been lied to and manipulated. By the time she realises how foolish she’d been, it’s way too late.
It’s the authentic details, the powerful writing that make the story so readable and so very believable. It makes you feel that it really could happen to you.
Hinsley, the author of the enthralling bestseller Plague, certainly does not disappoint with this new offering.
You’ll enjoy this if you like: The books of James Herbert
Avoid if you don’t like: Horror stories that could so easily happen... to you.
Ideal accompaniments: A roaring fire, a bottle of brandy, Stilton and crackers.
Genre: Literary Fiction, Thriller.
Available from Amazon