Wow. Wow. WOWSER!!!!!!
I think Here to Stay is my favourite of Mark Edward’s books. A thrilling standalone, it is packed full of suspense, tension, and more twists than the Curly Wurly factory!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s the blurb …
A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.
The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .
As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?
From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.
My thoughts …
OH. MY. F’ING. DAYS!
Mark Edwards is one of those authors whose books I know I’m going to love without even reading the blurb. I didn’t even know what Here To Stay was about when I picked it up, but I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.
Edwards fills each and every page with tension and suspense and creates characters who stay with you long after you’ve read the last page. Here To Stay is bloody brilliant!
I fell in love with Elliot straight away. Our main male character is so normal and grounded. A bit of a loner following a family tragedy, he devotes his time to helping inner-city kids access the type of science lessons their schools don’t have the funding for, and restoring his old house to its former glory. He gets on well with his neighbours, has a great friendship with his colleagues and students, and is an all-round nice guy.
Then Gemma comes along. Oh Gemma.
And her parents. Who make themselves very comfy in Elliot’s beautiful home. Gemma and her family are the sort you want to rip off the pages and take out of the story because you just know that their introduction means nothing but trouble.
Elliot’s calm and beautiful life is turned upside down when his in-laws arrive. And I can tell you, I’m finding it very hard to name characters I despise more than the Robinsons!
Needless to say I adored this one.
Edwards is an amazing talent and one every crime fiction lover should be reading.
There’s something special about his books. An added spark that some in the genre are missing. Whatever it is, I love it. And you will too. Go and get your copy NOW!
About the author …
Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
He has sold over two million books since his first novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013, and has topped the bestseller lists several times. His other novels include Follow You Home, The Retreat, In Her Shadow, Because She Loves Me, The Devil’s Work and The Lucky Ones. He has also co-authored six books with Louise Voss.
Originally from Hastings in East Sussex, Mark now lives in Wolverhampton with his wife, their children, two cats and a golden retriever.
Mark loves hearing from readers and can be contacted through his website, http://www.markedwardsauthor.com, or you can find him on Facebook (@markedwardsbooks), Twitter (@mredwards) and Instagram (@markedwardsauthor).