Devil’s Lair by Sarah Barrie. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
After the shocking violent death of her husband, Callie retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The locals seem fairly friendly, particularly horseman Connor Atherton and his siblings on the nearby Calico Lodge.
But the mansion has a sinister past, connected with witchcraft and murder. Callie begins to be threatened by odd events in the night and strange dreams. What’s really going on in this apparently peaceful town? The mansion may hold the key to unlocking the mystery…
This book is quite entertaining and a super easy read even though it covers a range of topics including but not limited to murder, cults, witchcraft, mental illness and a strong dash of romance. What you should know is that although this book revisits a few main characters from the author’s previous novel ‘Bloodtree River’, you can easily read this current book without first reading the previous. What happens to Callie throughout the book is very dramatic…but I think it works well. The storyline is quite gripping and I didn’t want to put the book down until I reached the end and found out what was going on, and boy was I surprised at the ending, totally unexpected! I hope the author’s next novel is in relation to the remaining Atherton sibling because I’d love to revisit these characters again.
Happy to recommend this Australian suspense thriller.