The Villa: An absolutely gripping family drama packed with secrets and lies

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9 reviews

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One perfect family. Two weeks in the sun. A secret that will tear them apart.


Nora just wanted some time with her daughters, away from everything, in the stunning stone villa under the heat of the French sun. Lazy days by the pool, freckles appearing on tanned cheeks, laughter over cocktails on the terrace. She’s so proud of her girls. They might have their differences, but they’ve grown into confident, independent young women, with their own way of seeing things.


But when Nora gathers everyone around the table on that first night, she realises it’s time to tell them. And as she tops up her wine, her hand shakes. She knows nothing could have prepared them for what she’s about to say. But what she doesn’t know, is that hers is not the only secret…


A heartbreaking and totally addictive page-turner about motherhood at its best, and its worst, and the lies we tell to protect the ones we love. Anyone who adores Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult and Kerry Fisher will stay up all night reading.


Readers love The Villa:


Wowa FABULOUS book!!!! This will stay with me for a looooooong time… I cannot stop thinking about this novel.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


OMG! I was gripped… Get ready to be emotional!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


Gripped me from start to finish, I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer


Amazing… I hung onto every word… A story of family, lies and secrets… kept me on the edge of my seat. As I had to figure out how this one ended. And it didn't disappoint… a juicy little mystery with a wow ending I never saw coming… will have you hanging onto every word! Rubiereadsbooks, 5 stars


‘Time to clear your schedule for the afternoon, coffee pot on and phone turned off – you won’t want to put this one down.’ NetGalley reviewer


Will keep you glued to the pages… If you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, then you have found your book!… you won't be disappointed.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘I absolutely didn’t see the ending coming on this one! Highly recommend!

Washingtonlife, 5 stars


Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster! NetGalley reviewer


Wow!... I was completely consumedcould not put it down. Totally intriguing and addictive... A real “one more chapter” bookKept me reading late into the night.’ SIBZZREADS, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

9 reviews
Marnie Harrison
March 22, 2022
“Two weeks. One family. A secret that will tear them apart…” The Villa is a family domestic drama that is set in the south of France. It is a tale of motherhood and secrets held tight to protect the ones you love, but at what cost. Clare Boyd has delivered another gripping and compelling read that I throughly enjoyed. I love a good family drama and The Villa fits the bill perfectly. Emotional and a tear jerker, make sure you have the tissues handy for this one! The tale is very intriguing and I couldn’t wait to uncover its secrets and lies. Points of view are divided between the mother and her two daughters, which gives the reader an in-depth look into these complex flawed characters and their family dynamics. I really enjoyed this different style of storytelling from Boyd which is a departure from her normal psychological thrillers. It is a very poignant story and one I recommend you checking out.
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Kirsty Whitlock
March 23, 2022
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Villa' by Clare Boyd. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Clare Boyd, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture Anonymous. Publication date 17th March 2022. This is the second book I have read by this author. I have also read 'The Pretty One' which I would definitely recommend. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis. I am a huge fan of Clare and if this is half as good as 'The Pretty One' was it is bound to be a page turner. The synopsis also stated that 'Anyone who adores Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult and Kerry Fisher will stay up all night reading'. I am a huge fan of both Jodi and Kerry so am looking forward to see if this lives up to that statement! I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book
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