By Daniel Judson
Due to my own PTSD, I was hesitant to read The Cottage. Once I got the courage to start reading, however, I could not stop. It seemed as though I started one minute and was halfway through the next.
Kate lives with the awful memory of her husband’s murder. Her own yard is a constant reminder of how he bled to death as she watched helplessly. Just as she is beginning to feel stronger, the vandalism starts again just like it did two years prior just before her husband was gunned down outside their home.
Thinking another set of eyes on the property will make her feel safer, she rents out the cottage her estranged sister used to live in during the off season. As she becomes more comfortable with her new tenant, the intrusions into Kate’s life become much more personal and invasive.
As soon as she sees Rebecca, her sister, Kate can see a change. Getting to know the new Rebecca and seeing how happy her children are to have their aunt with them, Kate begins to let down her guard and trust Rebecca, putting the past in the past to make a fresh start with her sister.
When Kate discovers the truth about her husband’s murder and who was involved, she discovers a betrayal that changes her life forever – not just hers but also the lives of her children.
Daniel Judson serves up a thriller with all the right ingredients – lies, betrayal, murder, and plot twists. Some parts of The Cottage seem a bit mundane – play-by-play accounts of how Kate does chores, cleans the pantry, etc. Once the reader gets through the unnecessary aspects of the book, the story becomes more and more interesting and shocking. There were times when I wanted to stop reading – too much of the day-to-day in some cases, and in other cases unsure of whether I could handle what happened next. Nonetheless, I am glad I finished. The Cottage is filled with love, loss, unimaginable betrayal, murder, and suspense – everything one needs to deliver a best seller.