The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings


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…

My Review

A tale of obsession, fraught with tension, tightly woven into this masterful plot.

Tamsyn has coveted The Cliff House for as long as she can remember, it is somewhere that was special between her and her father as well as the embodiment of everything she could wish for in life. As she watches the family that live there from her perch up on the cliffs, she imagines their perfect life and how happy they must be, how happy she would be if only she lived there in their world, where money isn’t a daily worry and everything is good. But things very rarely are as clear cut as they seem.

A chance encounter with the owner’s daughter opens up a doorway for Tamsyn into that world and into the house which she grabs with both hands. As a friendship blooms between herself and Edie, both Edie’s parents welcome her into their home and for once she feels like she belongs. But not everything that glitters is gold as the saying goes, and piece by piece the glitter from the world she has longed to be a part of starts to fade and the cracks begin to appear.

This may not be the fastest paced book in the world, and action packed it’s not, but it delivers a ratcheting feeling of unease, a building tension that just keeps on growing alongside the page numbers. This is a character driven novel, with a protagonist that many will be able to relate to in some way, and others that will exasperate you, but inevitably they will all entertain you from the first page to the very last.

The Cliff House has been out for a while now but if like me you have had this buried in your to be read pile I can’t recommend strongly enough bringing it to the top of your pile straight away! It is worthy of being top of the pile and your very next read!

A big thank you to the author Amanda Jennings, publishers HQ and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.

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