The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose @CazEngland @CERoseAuthor @HeraBooks @zooloo2008 #TheHouseonWatersEdge #HeraBooks #ZooloosBookTours #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose and sharing my review today. with thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour. Also a thank you to the author and publisher for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Ali is a new mum, struggling to cope. Starved of sleep, plagued with phantoms and fears from childhood, she is a woman on the edge, light years from the polished professional barrister she has worked so hard to become. 

Then her mother dies, suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving Ali an orphan. Haunted by the loss of both her parents, Ali cannot get her mother’s last words out of her head: ‘There is something I need to tell you…’

Heading back to the Norfolk Broads to sort her mother’s things, Ali is plunged into childhood memories of her picture-perfect summers on the river. But as she starts to uncover long-buried secrets, she is drawn into a dark web that threatens to destroy all she thought she knew about her family – and her very sanity. Ali is forced to decide: how much does she really want to know?

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In The House on the Water’s Edge we meet Ali, a new mum. Already finding it difficult to cope Ali is then given the devastating news of her mother’s death. The fact that one of the last things her mum said to her was “There’s something I need to tell you…” definitely plays on Ali’s mind. Ali soon decides to head to her mother’s house in the Norfolk Broads for answers. The question is, what will she find?

The reader experiences Ali’s grief along with how she is coping as a new mum. Which made it pretty easy to be pulled into Ali’s life. Seeing that determination to find out if her mother was hiding any secrets. However it isn’t long before everything begins to take its toll on Ali including her relationship with her husband, which is on decidedly shaky ground. There is tension throughout but it is more of an undercurrent that continues to build. It’s safe to say that this tension definitely detonates in the latter part of the book. For me the majority of the story was pretty character driven as we get to know Ali and begin to understand her more.

I’m not necessarily sure I would classify The House on the Water’s Edge as an outright thriller. However there were elements taken from a thriller that worked well within the book. There were twists and unsettling moments for sure. For me there was a definite slow burn nature to this story. Ali unravels the past just like a giant puzzle. The pieces don’t necessarily make sense at first. Then as they are slowly but surely laid out you begin to see the bigger picture. With all of the information and twists combining together to culminate in a surprising conclusion.


Caroline is a psychological thriller writer living in Manchester. She likes to write multi-layered, dark and edgy domestic suspense stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets, lies, loves and the moral grey area. She admits to a slight obsession with the human psyche, what goes on behind closed doors and beneath people’s façades. She also enjoys performing a literary sleight of hand in her novels and hopefully surprising her readers.

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