Friday, March 4, 2016

Review 'The House of Eyes' by Kate Ellis
When Darren Hatman reports his daughter missing, DI Wesley Peterson isn't too concerned. Leanne Hatman is an aspiring model, keen to abandon her native Devon for the bright lights of London.

However, Darren's claim that a photographer has been stalking Leanne soon changes Wesley's opinion.
Leanne works at Eyecliffe Castle, once home to the wealthy D'Arles family and now converted into a luxury hotel. When Darren himself is found brutally murdered in the castle grounds, the police fear is that Leanne has met a similar fate. But, if so, where is her body?

Meanwhile, Wesley's friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, recently returned from a thrilling Sicilian excavation, makes a disturbing discovery near Eyecliffe Castle and surprises Wesley with the news that, while in Sicily, he met Leanne's alleged stalker.

With Eyecliffe Castle becoming the scene of another violent death, Wesley suspects a connection between the recent crimes, the disappearance of two girls back in the 1950s and a mysterious Sicilian ruin called the House of Eyes, a place feared by superstitious locals.

As he works to solve one of his most challenging cases yet, Wesley must face alarming revelations, rooted in centuries of fear and evil . . . as well as dealing with a nightmare of his own.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
February 4th, 2016 by Piakus
Wesley Peterson #20
Crime, Mystery
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
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My Review:

Last year I read my first Wesley Peterson novel by Kate Ellis, and I really loved it. So when I received the latest Wesley Peterson’s novel ‘The House of Eyes’, I was super excited. I really love crime mysteries, and this series definitely is one I looked forward to reading more of.

Although I enjoyed ‘The Death Season’, book nineteen in the series, I really loved ‘The House of Eyes’. From the beginning of this book until the very last page, it was thrilling, fascinating and interesting. The writing completely pulled me in and I didn’t stop reading until I finished the book. I just really wanted to know how the story would end. Especially since the story began with the disappearance of a girl and you could just feel this was only the beginning of a very interesting story.

The best part about this book was definitely the way the history was entwined with the mystery part. Every chapter began with a journal entry written by Richard D’Arles in 1786. And this book took place in the same castle as where he lived in all those years ago. These entries definitely made for a very fascinating start of every chapter. And it was very impressive to see how good Kate Ellis made sure everything fitted perfectly with the past of the characters and their families.

This book had many different characters and there were a lot of suspects. I honestly didn’t have a clue about who the real murderer was. There was so much happening that this book just never got boring. And I could easily imagine myself walking through that castle and trying to find clues about all those weird things that were happening.
The main character Wesley definitely was my favorite. He was having a hard time in his personal life, but he still managed to work the case. Somehow reading about his struggles and worries made me like his character even more. 

I really loved this read and didn’t want it to end. If you’re a fan of crime mysteries, the Wesley Peterson series is definitely one I recommend. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and she studied drama in Manchester. She worked in teaching, marketing and accountancy before first enjoying writing success as a winner of the North West Playwrights competition. Crime and mystery stories have always fascinated her, as have medieval history and archaeology which she likes to incorporate in her books. She is married with two grown up sons and she lives in North Cheshire, England, with her husband.

Kate's novels feature archaeology graduate Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson who fights crime in the "mean streets" (or should it be "mean lanes"?) of South Devon.  Each story combines an intriguing contemporary murder mystery with a parallel historical case. She has also written four books in the spooky Joe Plantagenet series set up in North Yorkshire as well as many short stories for crime fiction anthologies and magazines. Kate was elected a member of The Detection Club in 2014.

She is a member of the Crime Writers Association and Murder Squad. Kate is currently working on her nineteenth Wesley Peterson novel.

For more information about Kate Ellis please visit her website, or on Twitter.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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