Book Review: The House of Eyes – Kate Ellis…

When Darren Hatman reports his daughter missing, DI Wesley Peterson isn’t too concerned. Leanne Hatman is an aspiring model, keen to abandon her native Devon for the bright lights of London. However, Darren’s claim that a photographer has been stalking Leanne soon changes Wesley’s opinion.Leanne works at Eyecliffe Castle, once home to the wealthy D’Arles family and now converted into a luxury hotel. When Darren himself is found brutally murdered in the castle grounds, the police fear is that Leanne has met a similar fate. But, if so, where is her body?
Meanwhile, Wesley’s friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, recently returned from a thrilling Sicilian excavation, makes a disturbing discovery near Eyecliffe Castle and surprises Wesley with the news that, while in Sicily, he met Leanne’s alleged stalker. 
With Eyecliffe Castle becoming the scene of another violent death, Wesley suspects a connection between the recent crimes, the disappearance of two girls back in the 1950s and a mysterious Sicilian ruin called the House of Eyes, a place feared by superstitious locals.
As he works to solve one of his most challenging cases yet, Wesley must face alarming revelations, rooted in centuries of fear and evil . . . as well as dealing with a nightmare of his own.
I have been given an ARC by Netgalley and the Little Brown Book Group UK in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The story jumps from past to present and also from character to character with no clear notification and for me that is a little distracting. I found it a little difficult to keep up with the flow of the story at first. 
The characters are well defined and easy to get to know. This is my first DI Wesley Peterson novel, despite it being the 20th in the series. So I am a newbie to these characters. Hence there is a degree of skill in the author’s ability to help you feel like you’ve known them for a while. An important skill.
As you move into the story and the characters become more rounded you start to realise that things are not what they seem.
The story develops well and you are kept guessing as to the guilty party right until the end of the book. I’m really glad I read this book and I will definitely be looking for others in the series.
The only reason that this book gets 4 and not 5 stars is the confusing way the book jumps about from past to present.
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and The Little Brown Book Group UK for my ARC.

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