The Face At The Window by Ruby Speechley

They’re in your house.

They want your life.

And now, they have your baby.

To the world, I’m @HappyWife. Online, people only see my picture-perfect home, my handsome husband, Nick, and my beautiful baby, Thomas.

They don’t see the real Gemma Adams. They don’t see my past, the dark secrets I’m hiding in my marriage. They don’t see the fear I live in every single day.

But I know someone is watching me. And now, they’ve taken Thomas.

I just don’t know why.

But I’m going to stop at nothing to get my baby back.

Even if it destroys everything I’ve got to find him.

A compelling thriller, packed with suspense – fans of K.L. Slater and Lisa Jewell won’t be able to put it down.

My Thoughts


The moment you read the synopsis for the The Face At The Window It sent a chill down my spine, already setting the tone for what was a captivating read.

Gemma has what appears to be a picture perfect life, a handsome husband and a gorgeous home, not to mention her beautiful baby boy – all aspects of her life she willingly boasts about online. But behind closed doors things are far from what Gemma would have people believe. She is desperately miserable and trapped in an unhappy marriage to an abusive husband, the only good thing she truly has in her life is Thomas – her newborn son.

So when Thomas it taken Gemma is thrown in to turmoil, questioning who would do such a thing and more to the point, why would they target her family?. Of course, Nick doesn’t react well to their son’s disappearance, and unfortunately Gemma bares the brunt of his anger, something I must warn you can be rather difficult to read (and a potential trigger to some.) but it also played a rather pivotal role within the story.

The story is told from the two contrasting perspectives of Gemma and Scarlett, two women who share their view on the situation from different points in time. Scarlett is struggling to move forward from things within her past, and on top of this she finds herself in a rather difficult situation in the present too. As these two women’s storylines intertwine we are provided with an abundance of twists and turns and a plot that i thoroughly enjoyed trying to piece together.

The characters were well fleshed out and had their own motives and reasons for their actions. Gemma was a believable character who I really found myself feeling for as the story progressed, and as we delve into her life it also highlights how we shouldn’t always believe what we see online. A truly gripping story that has you on the edge of your seat as the story concludes.

About the Author

Ruby Speechley is the author of four psychological thrillers published by Hera Books. She loves writing about domestic situations with plenty of twists and secrets.

She was born in Portugal but has lived in the UK since she was three months old. She now lives in Cheshire with her husband and two of her three children and two dogs. She has an older son and grandson.

You can contact her on Twitter: @rubyspeechley

*Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side, Hera Books and Ruby Speechley for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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