Monday, August 19, 2019

Here to Stay by Mark Edwards - Book Review

Reviewing Here to Stay by Mark Edwards
On a sunny spring day in West Dulwich, an area in south London, Elliot opens his garden to the public during the Open Gardens event; self-guided tours showcasing the private gardens of residents. He had no way of knowing that he'd meet his future bride surrounded by his wisteria and tulips. And he had no way of knowing that beautiful Emma's family were the stuff nightmares are made of. Sometimes chance meetings and whirlwind romances are planned events with ulterior motives. By the time Elliot realizes this, the evil has moved in and is Here to Stay.

Warning: This psychological thriller describes the behaviors of cruel and/or dysfunctional people. This story involves threats, intimidation, and murders. 

Elliot - a 38 year old bachelor who lives alone with his cat, Charlie, at number twenty-six Cuckoo Lane. Socially clumsy, his dating life was nearly non-existent. He kept busy with remodeling his historic Victorian home and his career. Elliott is a good, albeit somewhat anal, guy. He is a science teacher who earned a significant amount of money selling an educational website. This income allowed him to start a non-profit that ran science workshops for underprivileged kids. 

Emma - The beautiful Emma. When she arrives at Elliot's open house (garden), he is immediately smitten. She reminds him of an American movie star. Little does he know that she carries a lifetime of scars, both outwardly and inwardly. She and Elliott very quickly fall in love.

The In-Laws - Emma's family consists of her brother, Stuart, and his family who live in a nearby neighborhood. Emma's Mom (Lizzy), Dad (Jeff), and sister (Chloe) are currently living in France but returning to the UK and need a place to stay.

Jeff and Lizzy are rude, intimidating, and dirty house guests. They immediately begin to foul up Elliot's immaculate home. Jeff and Lizzy are very quickly and easily disliked. Chloe is visibly ill. There is something very wrong with Chloe but Jeff and Lizzy keep her isolated rather than seek help. Anytime that soft-spoken Elliot attempts to make a stand, Jeff postures and physically intimidates. 

Fairly soon, innocent people are victimized. Dead bodies begin to turn up and when it is too late Elliot thinks he knows what the scheme is. Is there such a thing as love at first sight? Or is it only part of a plan created by a parasitic family who is trying to meet their own needs?




This author, Mark Edwards, has an increasing fan base and many online reviewers are raving about this story in particular. Some of the negative reviews state that the story line is unbelievable; that there aren't people like this (both naive Elliot and his evil in-laws) in the world. But there are. There are many, many people just like them. Naive people who are used as pawns and those who stop just short of leaving a trail of dead bodies in order to obtain what they want. This is the part of the story that kept me up and reading late into the night. This book may be for you if you like stories where the girl-next-door may really be something nightmares of made of.

Other Psychological Thrillers:

Stephen King's Misery is probably the best example of a plain, everyday neighbor who is someone you never want to meet. Someone who uses people to meet her own needs in a very sick way. While it is a bit hard to believe that good ol' Annie Wilkes is able to rescue a full grown man from a terrible car wreck and keep him alive despite his horrendous injuries, it is a gripping and frightening tale. Annie was able to get him "out of the cockadoodee car" and kept him alive in order to torture him until he completed a task for her. 

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8 comments:

  1. Evil monsters DO exist in the form of ordinary looking people. No ugly faces or horns to warn you. I already feel sorry for Elliott before I even read the book. Excellent review, Dawn Rae.

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  2. Agreed! Evil that appears in the form of innocent beauty, definitely exists. And, I also believe good people, trusting people, are targeted by manipulative individuals & groups who seek their own pleasure and gain at the trusting person's expense. Surprisingly, it sounds like a book I would enjoy even though it is not my normal preferred reading genre. I am always intrigued by psychological thrillers, but I admit, I only like them from a safe distance.

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  3. Sadly, I have no doubt that there are many similar stories happening right now in the real world. Like Sylvestermouse, I only enjoy psychological thrillers from a safe distance! But for those who enjoy this genre, this sounds like a great choice.

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  4. For those who like this genre, they're sure to love this book. Your review did keep me reading til the end. I just can't read or watch this type of stuff - unless it's over the top fantasy, sci-fi or disaster related. Evil exists no doubt. But I'm a believer in outnumbering them. I still believe there are more good people in the world than evil. Having said all this, I think my mom might enjoy this book, she loves mysteries.

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  5. Oh my, this kind of book gets under my skin. Sometimes I can't read them as I really take in the characters and have vivid nightmares afterwards. My skin is crawling just thinking about Elliot being taken advantage of and the evil that is awaiting him.

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  6. Wow! Remind me to never have an open garden event. It is scary how certain people take advantage of others in such extreme ways. I wouldn't be able to read this.

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  7. Will bookmark for my mystery reader friend---

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  8. I'm afraid I don't have the stomach to read this one. But it's a great review.

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