…by Rebecca James.
Twenty-something Tim Ellison is crashing at his ex-girlfriend Lilla and her boyfriend Patrick’s place. Except Patrick is not too happy about the situation and needs Tim to move out. Tim finds a room to rent in a house in Fairlight for $100 a week. It seems almost too good to be true to find something of that sort in Sydney. Especially when the house is a mansion with only one other occupant — the landlord Anna London. The only apparent catch is that Anna has agoraphobia and is therefore unable to leave the house. However soon, strange things start to happen. And Anna’s behaviour doesn’t help matters. Tim has no idea why she is so sad and depressed or why she spends so much time in the attic by herself. Anna’s friends Marcus and Fiona are not much help in shedding light on some of Anna’s past. As he slowly gets to know Anna better, it also seems like something sinister is happening.
Why does Anna keep going to the attic?
Who is Benjamin?
And why is someone trying to scare Tim?
To know this and more, you have to read the book.
This was a light book and a reasonably enjoyable albeit predictable read. Half-way through I figured out the ending. Yes there was enough suspense but at the same time, something was missing. I don’t know if some bits were a bit too cliched for me but basically I found myself only holding my breath rarely. One of the things that really annoyed me was the manner in which the two women — Lilla and Anna — were portrayed. I get annoyed when an outgoing and assertive woman is portrayed as a bitch and the quiet timid ones are the likeable and loveable and ‘pure’ ones. It irks the feminist in me. And that’s how Lilla and Anna were portrayed. As chalk and cheese. As a bitch and an angel. I always find myself thinking why can’t a woman who dresses the way she wants, is able to seduce men etc ever be portrayed as still being ‘good’?
Anyway, all in all, my rating for the book is based on the mystery and the quick light read more than anything else.
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