A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

An invitation you can’t refuse. You should . . .

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love.

She’s making a mistake.

Ivy enters Kate’s fairytale cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland . . . and she doesn’t come out.

She’s the first to go missing.

She won’t be the last.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Tash’s journey is just beginning . . .

My Thoughts


A woman who lives in a fairytale house, three missing women and an investigation in to their disappearance.

Ivy is a vulnerable, incredibly lonely woman who longs for nothing more than to be part of a family and have people love her. Her prayers seem to have been answered when Kate walks into her life claiming to be her long-lost sister, and not only does she arrive with this welcome news – she also invited Ivy to come and live in her cottage with her so they can get to know one another properly. However Ivy enters the house and never comes out.

But Ivy is certainly not the last person to disappear under such mysterious circumstances. When two other women go missing following similar events, an investigation begins to locate their whereabouts and uncover who – or what – is behind their sudden disappearance.

The moment you read the description for this book you are swept away into a world of mystery and intrigue. The cottage is so aptly names The Gingerbread House – something that instantly lulls you in to a false sense of security, reminding you of comfort and calmness, however the reality of the house is far from perfect, infact some would say it resembles things of nightmares.

The characters are detailed and realistic, allowing you to feel a connection with them from the start. My heart really went out to Ivy, a woman who longed for nothing more than a family and a connection to save her from her loneliness, and it was this that lead to her vanishing without a trace.

The story is well paced and full of suspense and tension as the story pushes forward. I found myself fully invested in the story and the mystery that is laced throughout the complex plot. This was certainly a thrilling tale that had me reading well in to the night.

You can purchase a copy of this book by following the links below

US Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0727850016

UK Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Gingerbread-House-Catriona-McPherson/dp/0727850016/

Severn House: http://severnhouse.com/book/A+Gingerbread+House/9193

About the Author

Born in West Lothian and educated at Edinburgh University, Catriona McPherson has been a full-time fiction writer since 2001. She is the multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver historical mysteries, the Last Ditch mysteries and a number of standalone psychological thrillers. She lives in northern California.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Catriona McPherson 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.*

3 thoughts on “A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson”

  1. Victoria, thank you so much! (I mean, I know it’s an honest and objective review but still – thank you!) I loved Ivy too, from the moment she came to me, standing out in the cold in her warm boots, with her mother’s voice still ringing in her head. Cx

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