The House on the Lake by Nuala Ellwood – review of Kindle and audiobook.


Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secrets have Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?

About the author

Nuala Ellwood is the author of two bestselling novels: My Sister’s Bones, for which she was selected as one of the Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’, and Day of the Accident. Nuala lives in York with her young son. The House on the Lake is her latest novel.


Georgia May-Foote and Emily Barber.

My thoughts

Oh wow! This book gave me the tingles. It’s atmospheric, haunting, heartbreaking and mysterious. The lake and wild Yorkshire countryside backdrop framing the dilapidated house intrigued me from the start.

I bought both the Kindle and audio versions of this book and absorbed the story through a combination of both. Georgia May-Foote and Emily Barber brought these characters to life in a most absorbing way for me as the listener.

I felt the plight of the young soldier, so eager to please in every way and I was left almost shell-shocked at what Sarge was both putting her through and taking from her.

Lisa’s character entered the story with a bang too. A young woman, fleeing with her child, bringing along a tale yet to tell. Nuala Ellwood weaves the story of the mother and the soldier beautifully and the ending had me feeling a range of emotions. I love how Isobel’s character married the two viewpoints so skilfully.

This was a book that evoked my senses. I could feel the cold, the heat, smell; the house both then and now. It had so much about it in how it drew me in as a reader, so much so, I had this one finished in just over a day as I couldn’t stop reading and listening.

If you enjoy mysterious, atmospheric reads that fall into the psychological thriller/mystery categories, then you can’t afford to miss The House on the Lake. It is a thing of sadness spanning years and years that comes bang up to date. I’d definitely recommend the audiobook as it adds another chilling layer to the whole story. It’s a must read/listen! Loved it!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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