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"Ruth Cleary is carried along on a tide of family actions that leave her living in the little house she never wanted with a baby she hadn't planned to have. As Ruth struggles with postpartum depression and unresolved feelings about the premature deaths of her own parents, her mother-in-law, Elizabeth, manipulates information and situations to take control over Ruth and her family. The character of Elizabeth and her relationship with Ruth are developed carefully, drawing the reader through a range of emotional responses to reach the inevitable conclusion that Elizabeth is waging psychological warfare on Ruth. Gregory's novel is a compelling tale of family relationships and of the horror that can ensue when the balance of power is skewed against one member. That Ruth ultimately triumphs makes this most satisfying reading."
- Library Journal
"The Little House is a remarkable gem of a psychological thriller. It makes even the most normal, everyday events seem sinister and riveting. The book is a masterpiece of claustrophobia as Ruth's in-laws intrude more and more into her life. All throughout the book I felt tense and unsettled - just as I love to be when I am reading a thriller. I could absolutely empathise with Ruth and as her situation got worse and worse I was routing for her all the way. This is a fantastic study of relationships between a woman and her in-laws and how the ordinary things can lead someone to madness, and to do the most unspeakable things. The Little House's packs a hard, chilling punch, especially as the ending is so unexpected and compelling. I would recommend this book unreservedly."
More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.
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