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The Woman in the Woods
The Woman in the Woods is the latest novel to be checked off my to be read list, which never seems to stop growing. The description of The Woman in the Woods captivated my attention and I knew I needed to read this book and see what it was all about.
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About The Woman in the Woods
Is her family in danger?
When Allie moves to a quaint old cottage with her husband, it’s their dream home. Nestled in the village of Pluckley, it seems a perfect haven in which to raise their two children. But Pluckley has a reputation. It’s known as England’s most haunted village. And not long after the birth of their new son, Allie begins to notice strange things…
What’s the flash of white she sees moving quickly through the woods to the back of their house? And what’s the strange scratching noise coming from the chimney?
As Allie discovers more about the history of their new home, she uncovers a story of witchcraft and superstition, which casts a long shadow into the present day. And not everything is as it seems. Her family might well be in danger, but it’s a danger none of them could have foreseen…
Bestseller Lisa Hall’s The Woman in the Woods is full of creeping unease and nerve-wracking tension, and will have readers on the edge of their seats…
Thoughts on The Woman in the Woods
“I was worried about you, you know. When Leo was crying last night, you were just lying there, with your eyes open, not moving. I didn’t know what to think when I woke up and you weren’t there.”
This novel irritated me to no end when I first started it. Because I didn’t like Rav, Allie’s husband. He’s useless, ungrateful, and downright condescending. He never helped Allie with the kids, just pointed out that the baby was crying to her and complained when she didn’t instantly jump to take care of him, while being absent ninety percent of the time.
The rest of it felt like “tired woman constantly feeding new baby and trying to accomplish menial tasks when not feeding, may or may not be crazy.” Now, if that passes for a psychological thriller these days, then I’m behind the times.
It certainly didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat, as I wanted it to and expected it to. The storyline is excellent and I wanted to love it, but it was just flat, and parts of the story felt like filler instead of adding anything useful.
I felt disappointed that I couldn’t quite jump on board with this book the way others did. When I was finished, I went to look at other reviews, just to see if I was the odd one out, as Lisa Hall has rave reviews for her other books. I’ve heard amazing things about The Perfect Couple and Tell Me No Lies from fellow readers, so I was expecting to love The Woman in the Woods.
I found a number of mixed reviews on this one, so my advice is to read it yourself to form your own opinions. You may very well love it, and I hope you do! It simply wasn’t my favorite.
Final Thoughts on The Woman in the Woods
The Woman in the Woods just fell flat for me. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it certainly wasn’t the best either. Just so-so, and I’ll likely have forgotten it within a month.
Given this was my first experience with Lisa Hall’s writing, I’m on the fence if I’ll attempt reading any of her other books. Because I’ve heard great things about her writing from people I know, I would say yes. But because I was so disappointed with The Woman in the Woods, it may be a while before I do so. My to be read list is a mile long, so it’s not high on my priority list.
Have you read The Woman in the Woods or any other writing from author Lisa Hall? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Lisa loves words, reading and everything there is to love about books. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl – either that or a librarian – and after years of talking about it, was finally brave enough to put pen to paper (and let people actually read it).
Lisa lives in a small village in Kent, surrounded by her towering TBR pile, a rather large brood of children, dogs, chickens and ponies and her long-suffering husband. She is also rather partial to eating cheese and drinking wine.
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