Thursday, 7 September 2017

Book Review - The Pool House by Tasmina Perry

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Title: The Pool House
Author: Tasmina Perry
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 7th September 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

When you're invited to spend summer in the Hamptons with a group of new friends, you agree - who wouldn't? But then you realise you're taking the place of another woman, a woman who died in mysterious circumstances, just the summer before. Your housemates tell you her death was an accident. But which of them has something to hide?

I am delighted to say that this felt like Tasmina Perry back to her best, after the past couple of books that felt like a slight change of direction. This is classic Perry, with the summer in New York vibe, and specifically a cast of characters that are incredibly well off. 

The previous summer a girl died in a pool house in The Hamptons, the police recorded a verdict of accidental death. Fast forward to this summer and Jem and Nat are the new couple in the beach house share, and on their first weekend Jem hears about Alice’s death. She then meets the widowed husband, and starts to wonder just what happened. Jem also starts to work for a top thriller writer and ex investigative journalist, as his assistant, who also has an interest in the happenings of what exactly happened last summer. 

This is a book that had everything, it has secrets, lies, unfaithful couples, a cast of characters that seemed to mainly care about themselves, and all manner of theories as to what really happened to Alice. 
The book focuses on Nat and Jem, and their changing relationship as the summer progresses. However we also get sections of the book that are from the prior year, giving Alice’s perspective on the events that led up to her death. 

In some respects I really felt sorry for Alice, and in other as you read more of the book you start wondering if she really brought it all on herself. 

I really disliked most of the characters in the Hamptons house share, especially once more info about them comes to light, as the investigation continues. 

 The Pool House is a story of intrigue that had me wondering the whole time as to just what happened to Alice. There were plenty of subplots that were interesting, and I loved the familiar setting to The Hamptons and New York in summer.  

Thank you to Headline and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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