The Open House by Sam Carrington | ARC

Thank you to NetGalley and publisher, Avon Books UK, for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: 10th December 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 384
My Rating: ★★★
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Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isn’t moving. Not a single viewing so far.

When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.

But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.

Someone doesn’t want the house to sell, and is willing to do anything to stop it… 


The Open House follows Amber Miller, a mother of two, who is currently going through a divorce with her husband. Amber is planning on moving to Kent to live with her new boyfriend, Richard, for a fresh start with her sons. Local estate agent, Carl Anderson, suggests an Open House after there is little interest in the house, and Amber accepts. Curious, she watches who comes in and out of the house through her doorbell, wondering how many nosy neighbours will show up just to have a peak around her home. To Amber’s horror, thirteen go in but only twelve come out. Convinced that there is a man in the house, her suspicions only increase when things start to move around and her sons report seeing a man watching them at night. Amber begins to suspect her mother-in-law, who is desperate for Amber to get back with her son, Nick, and is worried that she will lose her grandsons forever if they move.

This book was a really intriguing read and I found I could hardly put it down. I have never seen a book with such an interesting storyline, the idea that you know there is someone in the house but you just can’t find them, rather than not knowing. That was a really interesting aspect I enjoyed reading. The characters were very strong, though I’d of liked to of seen more of Amber’s friends, and it wasn’t difficult to follow, an easy read if you will.

I ended up rating this book three stars, it was exactly what I wanted it to be and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised at the big reveal at the end and didn’t even see it coming, I usually pride myself on being able to figure these things out but it completely took me by surprise.

The Open House is a book I will definitely reread, the kind of book you can curl up with on a Sunday afternoon and finish in one sitting. It was enjoyable and thrilling, making me aware of the little noises my own house was making, feeling as though someone was watching me! I recommend this book for thriller fans who also appreciate an easy read.

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