The Dream House by Jess Ryder – Book Review



It’s everything she’s ever wanted…

When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.

It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too…

But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.

At least Lori is here to keep me company.

She has her own troubles yet she always listens to mine.

She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.

Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.

The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.

And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe…

Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.

The question is, why?

A gripping, spine-chilling read brimming with secrets and lies. If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us or The Woman in the Window then this dark, twisting psychological thriller from Amazon chart bestseller Jess Ryder is guaranteed to have you gripped.



After the death of her parents, Stella buys a nearly derelict house, her plan is to turn it into her dream home, with her boyfriend Jack.

One night, a battered and beaten woman named Lori knocks on the door, pleading for help.

Stella is all for helping Lori, to protect her from a violent husband, but Jack has reservations….he’s not sure she’s telling the whole truth…..Stella just cannot leave Lori to fend for herself so she has to make a decision……Jack or Lori…but will her decision bring back memories of her own past to haunt her.

The other part of the story, set a few decades before, is about Kay and what she feels is a wonderful man, Alan…but as soon as they are married it turns out he is violent and controlling and Kay needs to escape…

Will Kay and Lori escape their nightmares.? And just how are these two stories linked?

A clever, wonderfully gripping domestic thriller by Jess Ryder….a totally compelling read.

Thank you to Bookouture for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here (only £1.99 at the moment)

Author Bio:


Jess Ryder is the author of three psychological thrillers – ‘Lie to Me’ (April 2017) and ‘The Good Sister’ (August 2017), and The Ex-Wife (June 2018) -all published by Bookouture. She also writes books for children, teens and young adults as Jan Page, with many titles published including ‘Selina Penaluna’. With many years’ experience as a scriptwriter, she loves watching television crime drama. Jess is a passionate reader and particularly enjoys thrillers. She blogs about writing, reviews books and interviews writers at and

Jess lives with her partner in London, UK and has four grown-up children.


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