My enormous thanks to Karen Bultiauw for a copy of House of Lies by E.V. Seymour in return for an honest review.
House of Lies is a Harper Collins Killer Reads book and is available for purchase here.
House of Lies
Somewhere in Vixenhead, I’m certain the truth lies…
A sudden disappearance…
When Roz Outlaw’s partner Tom mysteriously vanishes, she knows his life is in danger. Tom has been distracted lately, afraid, as though he is being hunted…
A desperate search…
With the police showing little interest Roz knows it falls to her to find Tom. But as Tom’s secrets are uncovered nothing can prepare Roz for the dark lies and twisted truths she finds. She thought she loved Tom, but quickly realises she has been living with a stranger – a man with murder in his past.
A house of evil.
The key to unlocking Tom’s past lies in his childhood home – Vixenhead. A house of wickedness that keeps its secrets well hidden. Can Roz find Tom before it’s too late or will the evil within Vixenhead claim her too…
My Review of House of Lies
When boyfriend Tom seems to over-react to having his photo taken, Roz will find this is only the start of a catalogue of terrifying events.
House of Lies is a breathtaking roller coaster of a read. The plot gallops along with so many exciting events I sometimes wondered what on earth could happen next. I found it a highly entertaining and exciting read.
E.V. Seymour has a smashing style that adapts sentence length to situation so that she can convey terror and emotion with searing accuracy. I found Roz’s first person account particularly effective, so much so that I almost felt affronted when there was a switch to the third person and Tom’s perspective in the story. The attention to detail and the creation of setting is brilliant. I loved the metaphors that truly brought the places alive. I know the places in North Wales where much of the story takes place and could easily imagine myself there too from E.V. Seymour’s words. The house, Vixenhead, is superbly created so that it felt as if I was in there too. Vixenhead is almost sentient with a malevolence that is tangible.
There were elements that I didn’t enjoy quite as much and I preferred the first half of the novel to the second, partly because there seemed to be a shift of genre from psychological thriller to crime thriller so that it felt a little as if the book had lost its identity. I also had to suspend my disbelief at some of Roz’s actions. However, I decided to accept events and actions as they were presented and soon found myself sucked back into the story and thoroughly enjoying what I read.
Of particular interest to me was E.V Seymour’s examination of identity, of family and how we are shaped by our early experiences. I believed in Tom completely as a character even though his is the most unreliable identity of them all. House of Lies has quite a cast of villains, but even the most innocuous people have their own secrets and lies so that reading the book made me wonder just how much we really know those around us.
Alongside the concept of identity, there’s also an interesting theme of crime and retribution. Reading House of Lies led me to consider what I might have done in Roz’s place, especially towards the end of the novel when it seems no-one is entirely innocent.
House of Lies is an exciting, fast paced read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
About E.V. Seymour
Eve Seymour is the author of nine novels and has had a number of short stories broadcast on BBC Radio Devon. Educated in Malvern at an girls’ boarding school, which she detested, she spectacularly underachieved. Sixth form in Cheltenham proved a lot more interesting, enjoyable and productive.
After a short and successful career in PR in London and Birmingham, she married and disappeared to Devon. Five children later, she returned and began to write seriously. In a bid to make her work as authentic as possible, she has bent the ears of numerous police officers, firearms officers, scenes of crime, the odd lawyer and United Nations personnel. She also works by day as a freelance editorial consultant, specialising in crime fiction.
Eve lives with her second husband and often has a houseful of offspring, sons-in-law, partners, and a growing tribe of little ones. Nomadic by nature, she is planning another move very soon.