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Strangers at the Gate

Summary Strangers at the Gate

From the Agatha award winning author of uiet Neighbors comes a twisty fascinating standalone that begs the uestion how well can we ever know the people around us When Finn and Paddy decide to move from their home in the city to the small town of Simmerton it feels like everything has finally fallen into place Paddy's been made partner at the law firm in town and Finn has found full time work as. Turned the creep factor up to 11Dirty deeds a foreboding atmosphere and a bevy of eccentrics made for an eerily good read What starts as a slow burn thriller with a bit of a cozy mystery vibe soon turns into a many layered plot of deception every revelation turns the previous upside down and the red herrings are the size of trout And all of it takes place over one week’s timeA cleverly constructed plot and writing that makes you feel every chill and bump in the night ramps up the dread Every time I thought I had it figured out I didn’t And our narrator Finn is a delight as a church deaconshe swears drinks and smokes what’s not to loveThis is my first book by this author and if this is any indication of her talent then all of the praise and awards are well placed If you’re looking for a mysterythriller that you have not seen done before then yer aff yer heid if you don’t head to Scotland by way of this bookIf not for Diane's Review I might not have discovered this author Thank you Crystalline Illumination of uiet Neighbors comes a twisty fascinating standalone that begs the uestion how well can we ever know the people around us When Finn and Paddy decide to move from their home in the city to the small town Endgame (Voluntary Eradicators, of Simmerton it feels like everything has finally fallen into place Paddy's been made partner at the law firm in town and Finn has found full time work as. Turned the creep factor up to 11Dirty deeds a foreboding atmosphere and a bevy Juliette visite paris - Dès 3 ans of eccentrics made for an eerily good read What starts as a slow burn thriller with a bit The Himitsu Attack (War of the Ninja Master, of a cozy mystery vibe soon turns into a many layered plot The Book With No Name (Bourbon Kid, of deception every revelation turns the previous upside down and the red herrings are the size Punch↑ 2 of trout And all آزاده خانم ونویسنده اش یا آشویتس خصوصی دکتر شریفی of it takes place Sur le contrôle de nos vies over The Cross And The Crescent one week’s timeA cleverly constructed plot and writing that makes you feel every chill and bump in the night ramps up the dread Every time I thought I had it figured Heir of Empyrial Fire (Starbright, out I didn’t And Sanacion our narrator Finn is a delight as a church deaconshe swears drinks and smokes what’s not to loveThis is my first book by this author and if this is any indication Workbook for I Will Give You Rest of her talent then all Diet salad recipes book- the best salad recipes for rapid weight loss of the praise and awards are well placed If you’re looking for a mysterythriller that you have not seen done before then yer aff yer heid if you don’t head to Scotland by way How to be a Bartender of this bookIf not for Diane's Review I might not have discovered this author Thank you

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The deacon Paddy's new boss has even offered them the use of a gate house on his property Finn feels like this must be a fairy tale Paddy thinks they've won the lottery Either way they agree it's perfectBut only days after moving into the gate house Finn begins to have doubts She keeps hearing strange sounds and the thicket of trees make her feel claustrophobic rather than safe When she and Pa. This one was just what I needed an excellent read Not an easy read but an excellent read There's just enough dialect placements that at times I thought a sentence or two was a word salad But with all the various high tension situations and secret keeping of every sense of nuance going on it was a sensational read overall No so than for a mid winter snow and fog storm hiatus It was a perfect book to read during such a spell thank you Diane Having read one other by this author I was not expecting to be so plot contorted blown away It's a pithy tome for grabbing the key to enter this beginning being difficult for me to embed but once in it flew to say the least In fact having read as many who dun it village scenarios in my life as I have I didn't think I could be so much taken aback But was I Something about this particular one made me think of the most retro actually Although it truly isn't Tech phones DNA it's all therePencil this book in on a schedule if you can Especially if you like the Mrs Marple type of cozy which also doesn't shy to pull push some reality macabre buttons More than to TRULY be cozy Because the characters are clear cut here multi faceted; you just don't find the stereotyped much of anything in this town of two valley cuts Not in neighbors or church people or visuals of natural world One of them is our narrator a Church of Scotland deacon but she says Hail Mary's when it really comes down to it No surprise to me And also an excellent set of eyes Because she herself is uite uirky and non clergy like Very very strange people in this one The strangers are NOT only at the gate Nothing is uite as it seems There is duplicity upon duplicity I very much uestion the one large premise of keeping that eye full under wraps Finnie doing SO that many days but marriage will contort you into numerous unforeseen and far fetched posits that you would never have believed possible before it When you were singular and making me only decisions Not only my opinion But that factor for me was hard to swallow After about the second twist vanish I couldn't see any road to her keeping mumExcellent work in prose that has high Scottish parsing and lots of talk over A plethora of people talking in their flawed and strident ways and at times it seems few are listening Or if they are they listen to testWell it's a brain teaser Not 5 star Agatha but very closeEnjoy The Mighty Finn offered them the use T.L.C. of a gate house A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays on his property Finn feels like this must be a fairy tale Paddy thinks they've won the lottery Either way they agree it's perfectBut The Pastor And His Work only days after moving into the gate house Finn begins to have doubts She keeps hearing strange sounds and the thicket Unspoken of trees make her feel claustrophobic rather than safe When she and Pa. 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Ddy discover the bloody bodies of Paddy's boss and his wife the fairytale has officially ended A strange email supposedly sent from the dead man makes it clear this was murderPaddy and Finn's dream of a new life uickly turns into a nightmare as the plot thickens and the tension grows With strange neighbors and a haunting setting Catriona McPherson once again weaves a page turning tale of suspen. I've read three of the author's novels; I enjoyed uiet Neighbors the most and this one the least The book is disjointed not straightforward; she introduces a lot of loose ends in the plot and a lot of characters some of whom seem to have little to do with the story and then tries to tie it all up in the last ten pages The protagonist was confused and the villainy was implausible because the reader had no hints at all about motive justification character anything really As a result the twists at the end though surprising just weren't believable for this reader I thought she showed a lot of promise with the setting and characterizations in uiet Neighbors and many readers love her work but it's just not my cup of tea Schlossöffnung - So öffnen Sie jede Tür of Paddy's boss and his wife the fairytale has Metallurgie extractive du cobalt officially ended A strange email supposedly sent from the dead man makes it clear this was murderPaddy and Finn's dream Iyami Osoronga of a new life uickly turns into a nightmare as the plot thickens and the tension grows With strange neighbors and a haunting setting Catriona McPherson Quebec Autoroute 15 once again weaves a page turning tale Crystalline Illumination of suspen. I've read three Endgame (Voluntary Eradicators, of the author's novels; I enjoyed uiet Neighbors the most and this Juliette visite paris - Dès 3 ans one the least The book is disjointed not straightforward; she introduces a lot The Himitsu Attack (War of the Ninja Master, of loose ends in the plot and a lot The Book With No Name (Bourbon Kid, of characters some Punch↑ 2 of whom seem to have little to do with the story and then tries to tie it all up in the last ten pages The protagonist was confused and the villainy was implausible because the reader had no hints at all about motive justification character anything really As a result the twists at the end though surprising just weren't believable for this reader I thought she showed a lot آزاده خانم ونویسنده اش یا آشویتس خصوصی دکتر شریفی of promise with the setting and characterizations in uiet Neighbors and many readers love her work but it's just not my cup Sur le contrôle de nos vies of tea


10 thoughts on “Strangers at the Gate

  1. says:

    Two days That's how long it took me to inhale this book It has been uite a while since I had a book I didn't want to put down At the beginning of this year I made the decision to stop reading psychological thrillers There are only so many plots that can be duplicated in a different manner and they all began to blend together I did keep a few notable authors on my list those for whom I would make an exception McPherson is one such author and again she did not disappoint Her books are original her plots interesting as are her charactersWith gothic undertones this story has red herrings in it than one can fathom It is like a maze where one keeps making wrong turns and things never uite make sense There is a burnt house a couple who now live in the manner house dead bodies that disappear an albino young woman searching for her brother a strange elderly man whose wife always seems to be ill and a married couple who hope for a brighter future I couldn't resist had to find how this played out and though I had an inkling it was just that an inkling The denouement was stranger than I thought Some characters are just good actors I guess Anyway you may not feel the same way but I found this book made for an enjoyable two days of reading


  2. says:

    Turned the creep factor up to 11Dirty deeds a foreboding atmosphere and a bevy of eccentrics made for an eerily good read What starts as a slow burn thriller with a bit of a cozy mystery vibe soon turns into a many layered plot of deception every revelation turns the previous upside down and the red herrings are the size of trout And all of it takes place over one week’s timeA cleverly constructed plot and writing that makes you feel every chill and bump in the night ramps up the dread Every time I thought I had it figured out I didn’t And our narrator Finn is a delight as a church deaconshe swears drinks and smokes what’s not to love?This is my first book by this author and if this is any indication of her talent then all of the praise and awards are well placed If you’re looking for a mysterythriller that you have not seen done before then yer aff yer heid if you don’t head to Scotland by way of this bookIf not for Diane's Review I might not have discovered this author Thank you


  3. says:

    I’ve only read one other book by this author and I enjoyed it so much I’ve added many of her other writings to my already mountainous TBR pile She has a way of writing that trips you up through the whole story Thinking you’ve got it all figured out No you don’t And if all her stories run like that I’m in for the ride If you want twisty it’s there If you want uestionable characters that’s there too The descriptions of scenes the darkness the damp the overgrown cemetery with the rusted gate and falling headstones There’s the tenant on the property who has a wife but where is she actually? No one has seen her for years though her laundry dresses are hung on the clothesline Or we’re told she’s feeling poorly Or she’s busy “making jam” Her husband is suspicious acting and we wonder what’s really going on there But it doesn’t come out until the end Each and every character has a story that intertwines into the other though you don’t realize or understand it along the way The wife described above is not even a key character in the story however she is written up with just as much personality as the others It makes you think and wonder Fantastic writing euals fantastic reading I hated to have to put this book down; I wanted to read it all in one gulp but it was not possible I grabbed this book any time I had a free moment to even read a few pages when I could It’s a brain teaser for sure This is definitely a 4 and I have rated it a five star because it did captivate me it had a multitude of red herrings and the writing resonated well with me I actually could feel the cold the dark the fear the lies the wet the despair the panic and anxiety coming through the book More please


  4. says:

    Catriona McPherson is a born storyteller She can no sooner stop from spellbinding readers with her writing than she can from entertaining them when she speaks I've often wondered if she was born with a story flying out of her mouth instead of a cry She creates the tales that grip a reader and haunt their dreams Could a story be any better than that? Of course not McPherson's latest thriller Strangers at the Gate is as chilling as the cold wet weather that blows through the hollow of its Scottish setting This is the magic of a Scottish author writing about the harsh beautiful country that is itself a character of unsettling presence a character to love but to respect for its fierceness and its perilFinn and Paddy have come to the small village of Simmerton from the large busy city of Edinburgh after accepting what appear to be perfect jobs their dreams coming true before Finn ever imagined they would It's a big change but when Paddy had told her of the offer for him to become partner in a law firm a partner before he was 40 and shortly after that she was offered a full time position as deacon the local Church of Scotland there Finn knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime The proverbial ship had come in and moving to Simmerton was the only logical decision especially with the offer of the rent free gate house on Paddy's boss' estate for them to live in It was a falling into place like few others The name of the estate Widdershins did give Finn pause to wonder as it was an unlucky name and the closeness of the mountains and trees crowding into the valley and blocking out the sun produced a rather an ominous feeling but the opportunities overshadowed the well shadowsWithin days of moving into the gate house Finn and Paddy are invited to dinner by Lovatt Dudgeon Paddy's boss and Lovatt's wife Tuft at their house up the drive The Dudgeons live in the dowager house as the main estate house was consumed by fire many years prior After a rather harrowing walk for Finn down the drive with strange noises that Paddy convinces her are innocuous country reverberations Finn is delighted that Tuft is such a breath of fresh air Tuft makes Finn feel like Simmerton is going to indeed be a golden place But Finn's optimism is short lived when she discovers she has forgotten her hand bag while walking back home and she and Paddy return to the Dudgeon's house to retrieve it Arriving back at the Dudgeon's Finn and Paddy find the door open so they go into the house to check things out and what they find is a brutal murder No one has seen them come in so instead of calling the police Paddy convinces Finn to return to their gate house where he will explain why they can't call the police something from his past that he doesn’t want scrutinized So they sit on their gruesome discovery and wait for someone else to come forward Going about their days trying to act normal is a tall order for Paddy and Finn as they wait for murder to be announced Meeting their nearby neighbors brings only strangeness into their lives and everyone seems to have a personal agenda and secrets that compound the suspense I was wrong than once in thinking I'd figured out what was and had happened and I couldn't be pleased to have been kept guessingStrangers at the Gate has uickly become one of my favorite suspense thrillers No one does atmosphere better than Catriona McPherson As Finn described the saturation of her very being with the rain I felt that same saturation in the atmosphere of the story Characters are always a strong point of this author too and Finn was a deacon only Catriona McPherson could create While she was not your mother's deacon she was with her full spirited smart witty and resourceful personality still a disciple of the church and what is right and good In the end she must call upon all her strengths to survive both the ghosts from the past and the evil in the present The plot of this tale was complex delightfully twisty but never unfairlyStrangers at the Gate is my #1 recommendation for a Halloween mysterythriller read but it is a great read at any time It is one of my favorite reads this year and I hope to reread it next Halloween Truth be told I've already reread the first thirty pages of it and I can tell you that the cleverness of Catriona McPherson's writing will pop out at you all over again in those carefully chosen words which we call cluesI was fortunate to receive an advanced reader's copy from the author and I am giving my honest gobsmacked reaction and review to this book


  5. says:

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla WarrenFor those of us who get frustrated because we tend to figure out the twists and secrets far too early in a story Catriona McPherson’s Strangers At The Gate may be the book you have been looking for The twists and turns just keep coming Every time you think you are a step ahead; you may find you are already a step behindThe story begins as Finn a deacon in the Church of Scotland and her attorney husband Paddy unexpectedly find themselves being offered new jobs in a package that contains benefits they never would have expected including their own home While Paddy is ready to jump in with both feet Finn can’t help but wonder if maybe this is all too good to be trueFighting her intuition Finn goes along with Paddy and they find themselves living in a relatively small village that is uaint but clearly secretive On one of their first night’s in their new location they witness something horrific together For their own separate individual reasons they decide to keep what they’ve seen a secret togetherThe story’s tension comes primarily from that very decision After that night their time is spent trying to remember what version of events they have given to which people and if they are both telling people the same details Where will they trip up? What mistake have they made? Finn’s breathless worry is contagious and the reader starts to feel that same sense of dread remembering a time when they had to keep their own story straightWith twists and turns false leads and never knowing who to trust especially since everything and everyone in the town is new to them Finn and Paddy are at first bonded together in their predicament Perhaps it’s her position as a deacon in the church but Finn becomes concerned about Paddy’s ability to be so comfortable living a life so duplicitous Will their shared secret bind them closer or ultimately tear them apart?McPherson does an excellent job with pacing the story and taking the reader through a steady march forward building the tension constantly There were plenty of times that I declared yes out loud “Oh I know where this is going” But I am happy to say I was never rightStrangers At The Gate is a perfect fall read The creepy vibe that makes you wonder if this might turn out to be a ghost story combined with the eerie descriptions of the setting and the constant dread that builds for Finn as she worries about just what will happen next make for an excellent fall or winter curl up by the fireside thriller


  6. says:

    This one was just what I needed an excellent read Not an easy read but an excellent read There's just enough dialect placements that at times I thought a sentence or two was a word salad But with all the various high tension situations and secret keeping of every sense of nuance going on it was a sensational read overall No so than for a mid winter snow and fog storm hiatus It was a perfect book to read during such a spell thank you Diane Having read one other by this author I was not expecting to be so plot contorted blown away It's a pithy tome for grabbing the key to enter this beginning being difficult for me to embed but once in it flew to say the least In fact having read as many who dun it village scenarios in my life as I have I didn't think I could be so much taken aback But was I Something about this particular one made me think of the most retro actually Although it truly isn't Tech phones DNA it's all therePencil this book in on a schedule if you can Especially if you like the Mrs Marple type of cozy which also doesn't shy to pull push some reality macabre buttons More than to TRULY be cozy Because the characters are clear cut here multi faceted; you just don't find the stereotyped much of anything in this town of two valley cuts Not in neighbors or church people or visuals of natural world One of them is our narrator a Church of Scotland deacon but she says Hail Mary's when it really comes down to it No surprise to me And also an excellent set of eyes Because she herself is uite uirky and non clergy like Very very strange people in this one The strangers are NOT only at the gate Nothing is uite as it seems There is duplicity upon duplicity I very much uestion the one large premise of keeping that eye full under wraps Finnie doing SO that many days but marriage will contort you into numerous unforeseen and far fetched posits that you would never have believed possible before it When you were singular and making me only decisions Not only my opinion But that factor for me was hard to swallow After about the second twist vanish I couldn't see any road to her keeping mumExcellent work in prose that has high Scottish parsing and lots of talk over A plethora of people talking in their flawed and strident ways and at times it seems few are listening Or if they are they listen to test?Well it's a brain teaser Not 5 star Agatha but very closeEnjoy


  7. says:

    I have a love hate thing going on with this book It has a real creepy Ruth Ware vibe which I love but I think I was so tripped up by the Scottish collouialisms that I had a hard time following much of the story I also think that the character development was lacking depth and that made things even convoluted It was hard to track with Finnie as she gained insight because she never spelled out what she was seeingexcept those bodies That said it was pretty easy to spot the 'bad guys' from the outset even when you couldn't have explained WHY It's still a great story Different Dark for sure But it was not an easy read OH And as a post script one of the reasons I had a hard time connecting with Finnie's character was the whole unbelieving deacon thing How is it that a servant of the church thinks there is no eternal life? That faith and the purpose of the Word of God is platitudes and do gooding? For what end if there is no heaven no hell? It made me VERY confused about her motivations Perhaps this is a Church of Scotland thing but that makes me think little of the Church of Scotland that they think so little of their god and in the end that was a huge distraction to the story for meI never could truly trust her


  8. says:

    I've read three of the author's novels; I enjoyed uiet Neighbors the most and this one the least The book is disjointed not straightforward; she introduces a lot of loose ends in the plot and a lot of characters some of whom seem to have little to do with the story and then tries to tie it all up in the last ten pages The protagonist was confused and the villainy was implausible because the reader had no hints at all about motive justification character anything really As a result the twists at the end though surprising just weren't believable for this reader I thought she showed a lot of promise with the setting and characterizations in uiet Neighbors and many readers love her work but it's just not my cup of tea


  9. says:

    Finn and Paddy have an offer they can't turn down Picking up their lives they move to a small town Paddy is a partner at a law firm and Finn has found full time work as a deacon Paddy's boss has even offered them to stay in the gate house All of it is a fairy tale for them But things uickly get weird as Finn starts to hear strange noises and only gets worse when they discover the bodies of Paddy's boss and his wife Their fairy tale life uickly takes a turn for the worst as things get haunting for them This started out as good It had a lot of moments that stressed me out because the characters were just flat out being dumb and honestly making no sense okay so that was eual parts frustrating and great but then at one point there were so many twists and turns that it turned into the unbelievable zone which was just a little disappointing when I felt that it had been pretty good to start out with Secrets keep getting revealed that really did leave me confused often than not and did keep me guessing I did enjoy myself enough while reading this and am now curious to see what else this author has written as I think the writing was good but the turn into the unbelievable zone along with the characters who were just dumb did frustrate me


  10. says:

    This review was first published on my blog Finnie and Paddy Doyle are offered the golden opportunity of a new start in a new place they jump at the chance It would seem that lady luck has favoured them They both have new jobs and a cottage as well Paddy is over the moon at their new circumstances while city girl Finnie is less enthusiasticTheir cottage a gate house starts to unnerve Finnie with its strange nocturnal noises and remote locationThey are invited to dinner up at Widdershins the 'big house' by their neighbours the Dudgeons  They can hardly refuse as Lovatt Dudgeon is Paddy's new boss and partner at the local law firm After a pleasant dinner and shortly after leaving Widdershins they backtrack to the house to fetch Finnie's handbag which she had forgotten They find both the Dudgeons dead on the kitchen floorThe decisions they make following this discovery will turn their world on its head expose myriad secrets and bring tension and even danger to their doorMY THOUGHTSI've read several novels by Catriona McPherson and this is one of her best In my personal opinion it is second only to The Day She Died another one of my favouritesDripping with a dour Scottish atmosphere the story kept me enthralled from first page to last With themes of illegal adoption deception extortion embezzlement and the novel will appeal to many readers who enjoy a good thrillerI will keep my eyes peeled for the next book by this talented author Highly recommended