Review: Those We Fear by Victoria Griffith

Posted April 8, 2016 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via the publisher, HighLine Editions. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Review: Those We Fear by Victoria GriffithThose We Fear by Victoria Griffith
Published by HighLine Editions on 2016-04-01
Length: 220 pages
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What do you get when you cross The Turn of the Screw and Jane Eyre with Psycho? Victoria Griffith's latest thriller.

When Maria becomes a summertime au pair to the children of a Scottish lord, she discovers the family is living under the shadow of two suspicious deaths. Vanishing portraits, cloaked figures, and bizarre shrines add up to a compelling Modern Gothic psychological mystery.

Those We Fear by Victoria Griffith is an intense, psychological mystery centered around the Harley estate in Scotland. After witnessing her mother’s death, Maria enters witness protection and takes a job out of the country as the au pair to two children home for the summer. When she arrives at the estate though, odd things begin happening and Maria thinking she would be safe finds herself in danger once again.

Maria is one of those characters that is easily forgettable. She was the core of the story but I honestly can’t tell you much about her. She’s an artist, her mother was murdered in front of her, and now she’s living in a new country with a new name and no friends. She’s jumpy, has nightmares, and is seeing things that do not make sense at the Harley estate.

Her only consolation is Jonathan, the older brother to the two children she is au pair for. Like her, he is still grieving their mother and they can relate to one another. The problem though with Jonathan is that he is unpredictable. His emotions are all over the place. I didn’t care for the insta-love between the two either. It was a little too much too quick in my opinion.

What really makes this book great though is the mystery. Maria arrives at Harley thinking she will be safe, but quickly learns that something is happening on the estate. Something wants her gone, something is haunting the children and she is determined to figure it out! This is one of those books that will keep you up thinking all night. There are tons of twists, surprises, and all the good things that come with psychological thrillers. Add in a ghost or two and it is truly terrifying.

Overall I liked the book. I was hooked on the story, not wanting to sit it down for anything. I wanted to figure out the mystery. It reminded me of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. If you’re like that classic mystery, than you will love this one!

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About Victoria Griffith

Victoria Griffith is the author of the award winning non-fiction picture book The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams, 2011), which won numerous awards, including the prestigious Parents’ Choice. The book was recently translated into Portuguese for the Brazilian market and was also released in audio book version.

Before becoming a full-time author, Victoria spent twenty years as an international journalist, fifteen of those years as foreign correspondent for the UK’s Financial Times. During that time, she had fun writing on a wide range of topics, including Brazil’s Yanomami Indians, architecture, space exploration, the human genome, and the growth of the Internet. She even managed to fit in some children’s book reviews. Her most terrifying assignment was preparing lunch for Julia Child, who praised the Brazilian fish stew but refused to touch the blackberry dessert. Victoria lives in Boston with her husband and three daughters.


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