Wednesday 28 June 2023

The Hotel by Louise Mumford (2023)


Four of them went to the hotel

Four students travel to Ravencliffe, an eerie abandoned hotel perched on steep cliffs on the Welsh coast. After a series of unexplained accidents, only three of them leave. The fourth, Leo, disappears and is never seen again.

Only three of them came back

A decade on, the friends have lost contact. Oscar is fame-hungry, making public appearances and selling his story. Richard sank into alcoholism and is only just recovering. Bex just wants to forget – until one last opportunity to go back offers the chance to find out what really happened to Leo.

Ten years later, they return one last time

But as soon as they get to the hotel things start going wrong again. Objects mysteriously disappear and reappear. Accidents happen. And Bex realises that her former friends know far more than they are letting on about the true events at Ravencliffe that night…

    Genres #Thriller #Mystery #Suspense #PsychologicalThriller #MysteryThriller
        A solid four stars for a mystery steeped in intrigue, tension and creepiness.
          As someone who lost a friend very young, I really felt for the remaining three friends and sympathised with how grief affected the next ten years of their lives. I couldn't imagine going back to the scene to make a movie and I agreed with Bex on that score. However, the possibility of finding out what really happened to Leo was a pull too difficult to ignore.
            I loved the descriptions of the hotel. It had quite a dark history. The grounds and the building itself were creepy and had a haunted feeling made more so as the tragic story of past inhabitants was revealed. It was a complete mystery as to what had really happened to Leo and I didn't have a clue until the big reveal.
              The story is told in dual timelines where the narration jumps between the group exploring the house in the present day mirroring the group's activities ten years previously. This added to the haunted feel of the story.
                The conclusion to the mystery was riveting, emotional, tense and fraught with danger. There were a few surprises and twists but with the mystery solved I was happy that the future seemed that little bit brighter for my favourite characters. 
                The Hotel is out now Amazon

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