A fragile woman. An unwelcome intruder. A house full of secrets
Faye and her husband Hugh have had a traumatic year. Wanting to start again, the couple decides to buy a large rundown property, Cross House in a village in North Yorkshire, hoping to leave the past behind them.
However, the tranquillity is soon ruined when Faye begins to awake, every night, to the sound of somebody creeping around the bedroom. She tries to explain it to Hugh, frightened for the safety of their children Aiden and Poppy, but Hugh dismisses her claims, thinking she is heading for another breakdown.
But when Faye discovers some diaries that contain secrets about the family that lived in the house before them, she starts to wonder if the intruder might be closer to home than she first thought.
Obsessed with finding answers, Faye is determined to learn about the Wentworth family, a fractured family with a tragic past.
And when she discovers that Hilary Wentworth fell to her death down the stairs in Cross House, Faye realises she is in mortal danger…
I can’t imagine moving into a big, old, decrepit house that is obviously the home of some deep dark secrets and memories created by the previous owners! First of all, Hugh is a boob. There I said it. Instead of supporting Faye and helping her get to the bottom of her fear and suspicions of the dead lurking around in the wee hours…he mocks her, despises her outbursts and insists on scheduling counseling sessions for her to work out her hysteria! Ugh… boob! Faye is forced to keep her cool around Hugh so he doesn’t suspect what she fears.
Anyway, in the meantime, Faye works to uncover the truth lying behind each and every creaky wall in her new “home”, the Cross House. There’s a reason no one has lived there in a very long time right? Wouldn’t that be enough of a red flag? But there are no such things as ghosts though. I mean really!!! Get with it Faye! Maybe Hugh is right. Chill out! Or is he?
Well after you read on and witness the unraveling of this crazy plot, you may soon realize that nothing is as it first seemed. There’s a story behind everyone’s story! But who’s story is the right version? This is a great twisted tale of how one house, past family secrets, and a night “visitor” are enough to drive a person mad! And just when you think all is well… problem solved…you realize, maybe it’s actually just the beginning!
J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in the North East of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.
After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.
In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published her debut novel, Undercurrent early the following year. She has had three other books published since then – Her Dark Retreat, The Other Mother and Finding Eva. Her fifth novel, The Uninvited is due for publication on 3rd December this year.
She has four adult children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington in the UK with her husband and madcap dog.