Internationally bestselling author Julie Myerson’s beautifully written, yet deeply chilling, novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies—past and present—haunting a picturesque country cottage.
Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them.
One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive, and after a brief convalescence is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There’s something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil.
Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath, the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard.
Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her…?
Rating: 5 stars
The Stopped Heart is just as frightening as Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart. Scary, suspenseful and the most intriguing novel yet. This new thriller by Julie Myerson is incredible. Readers will feel the sweat dripping from the foreheads and their hearts pounding with fear. The story is my first novel read that was written by Julie Myerson. Her words grab readers and pull them in fast to the action at hand. Readers will never know what to expect as Julie Myerson takes them back and forth from the past and present. Terrifying events that seem to haunt one family in particular. Julie Myerson’s novel is definitely a must read for all.
Julie Myerson takes readers on a roller-coaster ride that seems to repeat itself from 150 years ago. The Stopped Heart takes readers to the first event that will send chills down readers spines and set their hair on end. When a dog who is friendly to all except to a stranger who looks like he just came from hell himself…that usually means to get away as far as possible…the children understood but the parents didn’t. Now readers are taken back to the present where Mary goes back to a home that gives her the creeps. Hearing people call her name makes her jumpy…the home is one that she and her husband are trying to make their own…yet something about it gives Mary the nightmares. Readers will keep turning the pages in a race to find out what happened then and what is happening now. Will the nightmares ever end or will it keep on happening? The Stopped Heart is a thriller that will bring readers goosebumps every time. Julie Myerson’s stunning title will be addictive and heart stopping. Overall, I highly recommend this read to everyone.