LAST SEEN ALIVE Claire Douglas Penguin £7.99
IF you’ve seen the film The Holiday you’ll no doubt have romantic notions about house swapping. Read this however, and you’ll never daydream about changing your life for someone else’s again. Teacher Libby Hall’s recovering from a dramatic incident at school when she receives a note from a couple looking to house swap to be near to their daughter in hospital. The chance to exchange their flat in Bath for a dream home in Cornwall’s a godsend. But, after arriving at the luxurious property, Libby feels that something isn’t quite right. Strange happenings make her feel jittery and she’s sure someone is watching them. But her husband Jamie doesn’t agree, putting it down to paranoia, however it becomes obvious one of them is hiding something . When their dog digs up an unnerving object in the garden, they head home, only to discover that the house swap was something much more sinister. Could the strange happenings really have something to do with terrible events involving Libby years ago, or is it linked to James’s past? Laced with tension and with a shocking twist, this psychological thriller will give you chills. Review by Lisa Hylton. Name Claire Douglas’ first hit. Entries to Alex Gordon, Alive comp by August 10.