The Housewarming by SE Lynes – review.

Publication date: 23rd October, 2020.


Everyone is going to the housewarming party.

All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished…

Will her mother finally learn the truth?

Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.

A year later, the Lovegoods are planning their long-anticipated housewarming party. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.

But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.

Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.

She’s about to find out she was wrong…

About the author

Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’, ‘beautifully written’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and her latest novel, THE HOUSEWARMING, available for pre-order NOW.

After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.

She has also published three children’s books in Italy: IL LEOPARDO LAMPO, LA COCCODRILLA INGAMBA, and the bilingual LA SCIMMIA SPIRITOSA/THE FUNNY MONKEY, all available at

Find her on:

Facebook S E Lynes Author

Twitter @SELynesAuthor

Instagram @S E Lynes Author

My thoughts

After being drawn in immediately, I knew this book would be a gripper of a read. I’ve read a few of SE Lynes’s books and they have been not only compelling to read but beautifully written. This one was no different.

The opening had a very poetic feel to it, like I was on a journey with the main character Ava. I too, as the reader, felt her disassociation, almost like being carried by an invisible breeze and not only that, it all made total sense – clever! Beautifully tragic. Frantic but takes its time – the time it needed to show me all I needed to know about Ava’s situation and how she felt.

This book was a journey of grief and guilt, and the interconnection we all share as humans. The letter to the reader at the end of the book is also a must read. It’s a deeper exploration of the themes and again, fantastically worded.

As for the hook of the story – missing child, a year on; it makes you wonder what could possibly happen at a housewarming party to shake Ava. What happened was, I had to read fifty percent of the book in one sitting to get to the end and oh my goodness! That’s where I stop talking and if you want to know more, you’ll have to read it!

All in all, a heartbreaking story, packed with drama and a fantastic supporting cast of characters.

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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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