Last year, the McGoverns lost both of their businesses, a
lovely home, and a good car. Marco, Ali and their teenage
son, Angelo, now live in a tiny, rented bungalow in
Galloway, Scotland, next to the crumbling ruins of
Dundrennan Abbey. Marco and Ali are desperate to find jobs,
even if they have to lie to get them. That's exactly how
Ali gets hired as a beauty therapist for special needs
clients at Howell House, a tiny psychiatric hospital in the
middle of an army training range with a staff that's as
quirky as their patients. As she settles into her new job,
Ali realizes things aren't as they seem, not only with
several of the patients but also some of the staff.
Marco has also found a job with great opportunities for
advancement, which he seems to be doing more quickly than it
seems possible. Exactly what is going on with this new job?
When human remains are found in the Abbey's ruins, Angelo
becomes the main suspect after his cell phone is found at
the site. Marco and Ali deal with the situation quite
differently, which causes, even more, problems for them and
Angelo, who's having difficulty adjusting to the new
Dealing with all of this adds even more tension and
uncertainty to Ali's life. It also brings back memories of
the mental health issues she dealt with 10 years ago. As she
starts to doubt herself, Ali questions everything going on
around her. When the truth is finally revealed, will she be
able to handle the repercussions?
HOUSE. TREE. PERSON. by Catriona McPherson is another
intriguing story from this talented author chockfull of many
unusual twists and turns. The title refers to a drawing test
given to a patient, which is then interpreted by a
psychiatrist. For me, the use of British and Scots
terminology and slang took a little getting used to but did
not deter from the progression of the absorbing plot. A cast
of complex characters also kept my interest, and the
remarkable conclusion was very convincing.
Award-winning author Catriona McPherson pens her sixth
psychological thriller. It is as haunting as it is
riveting-A year ago, she was happily married, running her
beauty salon, raising her son, living in her dream house.
Now, Ali McGovern's dreams are slipping away and all her old
ghosts are rising.
The body found in a muddy grave across the street is just
the latest horror threatening to tear Ali McGovern’s life
apart seam by seam. She knows Angelo, her brooding teenage
son, is keeping secrets. She fears he’s in danger, too. But
her new job at the psychiatric hospital, the job her husband
pushed her into, is using up everything she’s got every day.
She can try to ignore the sounds that surely can’t really be
there. And she can try to trust the doctors, who can’t be as
dark as they seem. But can Ali hold herself, her life, and
her family together without getting blood on her hands?