Synopsis: ‘I still dream about Anna London’s house. In my dreams it’s as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn’t the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage …’
When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.
A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!
200words (or less) review: I requested this book for review because the blurb caught my attention, plus a lot of my friends raved about Beautiful Malice (which I plan to read soon).
Sweet Damage starts slowly, Rebecca James succeeding in building the tension with each chapter. Tim is a nice guy; the book is split between his narration and a 3rd POV for Anna. Both work well together and while Tim is a likeable narrator it was Anna’s chapters that were my favourite.
The story is about Anna, the young woman alone in the mansion. What happened to her after her parents died and her fears. After Tim moves in strange things start happening, he isn’t sure if it’s Anna who’s doing them.
What I particularly enjoyed about Sweet Damage is the flow of the story. Anna’s history is revealed throughout the book, some parts I managed to unravel for myself but the outcome wasn’t expected. The characters are likable, particularly Anna and you want there to be a happy ending. You just never know if Rebecca James will let you have it.