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The Cliff House

by Amanda Jennings

Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Cliff House

May 2018 Book of the Month

Sixteen-year old Tamsin envies the life of the Davenports up in the Cliff House.  Life is hard for her widowed mother supporting an unemployed brother and a dying grandfather.  She craves the life of the rich family she spies on.  Unknown to her they are highly dysfunctional.  She develops a friendship with the daughter of a similar age and all is good.  Of course it is not, and an unfortunate series of events blows their friendship apart.  It does sound a bit light and fluffy but actually this is a gripping human drama which deals with real and tragic situations.  There is no happy ending, no magic wand to make it all better, no perfect solution but what there is is a well-written page-turner.  The flow of the story is well paced and very readable.  The characters are damaged and needy but you can understand and sympathise with them.  They are real people coping with grief and loss and failing.  A very sad, yet thrilling read, highly recommended.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Cliff House Synopsis

 Some friendships are made to be broken Cornwall, summer of 1986. The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea. If only... thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home. If only her life was as perfect as theirs. If only Edie Davenport would be her friend. If only she lived at The Cliff House... Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.

The Cliff House Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Devastating and deliciously dark, The Cliff House is less wish-fulfilment and more of a clever and disturbing reminder that things are rarely (if ever) how they appear on the surface. Full review

Kathryn Eastman

A superb thrilling exciting book that gives you that creepy someone is watching you feeling as you are reading. Full review

Catherine Bryce

There are twists and turns throughout with unexpected events, revelations and relationship. Full review

Katie Levers

A definite page turner... Heart-breaking as it is gripping, Jennings does a great job of drawing you in as the story of The Cliff House unfolds... Full review

Lucy Hall

A haunting tale of longing overlaid with tension leading to tragedy. Full review

Linde Merrick

A well written book, just not for me. Full review

Victoria Emerson

A story of loss, obsession and real characters with real flaws. Tamsin is sixteen, living in Cornwall and obsessed with The Cliff House and it’s occupants. She meets the daughter of the house, Edie and the stage is set for a sad but very readable story. Full review

Siân Spinney

The Cliff House Press Reviews

'Haunting and evocative.' - Clare Mackintosh

'Immensely atmospheric, with vividly drawn characters and a set-up fraught with tension.' - Lucy Atkins

'Addictive and utterly compelling ... a clever, thoughtful and page-turning novel.' - Hannah Beckerman

'This book made me whimper out loud for fear of what was going to happen. HUGELY enjoyable.'  - Jane Casey

'Beautifully written, richly evocative, with characters and setting that creep into your very bones.' - Tammy Cohen

'Amanda Jennings is the real deal. Not only does she write beautifully, she evokes setting and atmosphere with enviable skill whilst keeping the reader compulsively turning the pages. She doesn't just tell you a story, she draws you into it until you can taste the salt in the air, hear the crash of the waves and feel the heat of teenage obsession.' - Fiona Cummins

'Mesmerising and nostalgic with a dark undercurrent that will leave you reeling' - Susi Holliday

'Haunting, stylish, intoxicating. Beautifully paced and a brilliant ending. Superb.' - Will Dean

'A beautifully written, atmospheric and tense tale of obsession. I was gripped from the first page to the heart-stopping ending. Brilliant.'  - Claire Douglas

'Hauntingly good' - Sarah Hilary

'An atmospheric and deeply satisfying treat.'  - Emma Kavanagh

'A beautifully written tale of jealousy, envy and possession - absolutely first-class story telling.' - Lisa Hall

'With a page-turning plot, brilliant sense of place and beautifully-drawn characters The Cliff House deserves to be one of the biggest hits of the summer.' - Cass Green

'I've been a fan of Amanda Jennings work for some time, but The Cliff House takes this hugely talented author to another level. It 's going to be one of the biggest, most talked about books of the summer and it's a fabulous read.' - Louise Douglas

'Amanda Jennings portrayal of time and place is exquisite. The Cliff House is chilling, stylish - and impossible to put down.'  - Isobel Ashdown

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008250362
Publication date: 17/05/2018
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008250362
Publication date: 17th May 2018
Author: Amanda Jennings
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,

About Amanda Jennings

Amanda Jennings lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband and three daughters. In Her Wake is her third novel. She is a regular guest presenter on BBC Berkshire's weekly Book Club, and enjoys speaking at literary festivals, libraries and book clubs. When she isn't writing she can mostly be found walking her dog and dreaming of being up a mountain or beside the sea. She writes a blog and is an active user of social media.   Below is a Q&A withthis author. 1.    What was your inspiration for In Her Wake?I was thinking about ...

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