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The Hive by Jane Holland

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The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …


The man in the grey hoody is standing at the top of the path that leads to the main route through the cemetery. He’s wearing black gloves and black trainers. I can’t see his face, but he’s looking straight at me. Then he begins walking down the uneven slope towards our family plot. Straight towards me. Jesus.

Wow!!!  This is a bone-chilling psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down. 

Charlotte’s slow mental anguish is well-written and so very troubling. Her mother is found hanged in their home, her father has secrets in his past that could destroy her, her boyfriend is in trouble with the Russians and her job is in jeopardy. Everything she has known is coming unraveled. And what is it with the buzzing sound in the attic?

This book evoked several emotions in me: Anger and sadness for how Charlotte was treated by family and strangers; terror and surprise at who was behind all of the madness; and hopeful and supportive of Charlotte’s future at the end.

If you like mysteries that unfold at the beginning of a book and build to a startling ending, give this one a try.  Recommend highly!

Thank you to Ms.Holland for giving me this opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Jane HollandJane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller Girl Number One hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

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