The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles

The Boy at the Keyhole

An electrifying debut in the vein of Shirley Jackson and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, about a British boy who, after his mother is abruptly called away to America, begins to suspect that perhaps she did not leave, but was murdered—by the housekeeper who cares for him in the family's isolated country estate.Nine-year-old Samuel lives alone in a once great estate in Surrey with the family’s housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother...


Details The Boy at the Keyhole

TitleThe Boy at the Keyhole
ISBN9781335652928
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherHanover Square Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Gothic, Adult Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Rating

Reviews The Boy at the Keyhole

  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    A perfectly serviceable suspense novel that takes place within the confines of a manor house. A housekeeper is charged with the care of a nine year old boy during the absence of his mother. Needless to say things between them become rather tense and play out psychologically and otherwise until both reach their breaking point. The comparisons to Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson seem about right but I would add a whisper of Thomas Tryon.
  • Fran
    1970-01-01
    Push pins on an atlas are the only way nine year old Samuel Clay can track his mother's trip to America. That, and eight postcards sent from various locales. Mrs. Clay was seeking a large investment to jump start the sagging business she runs since the death of her husband. Samuel aches for his mother but also resents her. Why has she been gone one hundred thirteen days? Why did she abruptly leave in the middle of the night without saying goodbye...
  • Kendall
    1970-01-01
    Nine year old Samuel Clay lives with his housekeeper Ruth on an English estate. Samuel's father has died and his mother abruptly left in the middle of the night to America to help with their failing family business.It has been over 5 months since Samuel has spoken to his mother and he desperately is missing her. Samuel receives random postcards from his mother that he keeps in an atlas to map his mother's locations across America. Samuel is hopin...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    While, The Boy at the Keyhole promises a psychological horror showdown, it falls flat on its delivery. It's the early 1960s, and nine year old Samuel lives in this beautiful spacious estate in England, where he is being taken care of by his housekeeper Ruth. Samuel's father had passed away, leaving the family in financial disarray. Samuel's mother has ventured to America in pursuit of work so the family can get stable again—before the family ...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    Nine-year-old Samuel misses his mother. She’s left him alone with the housekeeper Ruth. Ruth as told Samuel that his mother had to go to America to try to save the family business. She didn’t even say goodbye and left in the middle of the night while he was sleeping. But she’s been gone months and he begins to suspect that something has happened to her. He begins to believe that Ruth has murdered his mother.The comparisons of this book to t...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    1970-01-01
    Nine-year-old Samuel Clay lives with the family's housekeeper, Ruth, on a deteriorating English estate.  His father has died and his mother has traveled to America to secure capital for their failing business.It's been over five months since Samuel has spoken to his mother; he receives random postcards from her and marks her locations in an atlas in the study.  He misses her terribly and is upset she left in the middle of the night without sayi...
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Nine-year-old Samuel has been left in the care of the housekeeper, Ruth, for over 100 days while his mother went to America to try to raise money to save the family steel business. The story takes place mostly in the mind of Samuel - suspense that builds very slowly until both Samuel and Ruth are at each other's throats. The story doesn't come out and say what actually happened, but you get a pretty good idea. Not what I expected and really not t...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    This sinister psychological thriller focuses around an age-old conundrum: if two people have conflicting versions of what is true, who is the unreliable narrator?Young Samuel lives with his housekeeper Ruth in the crumbling family estate in Cornwall. His father is dead and his mother is an America trying to resurrect her husband’s mordant business. But is she really? Or has the housekeeper had a hand in her disappearance?Ruth is responsible but...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    "This house won't hold your secrets--it will betray them...This house tells its tales with anyone with sense enough to listen."I enjoyed The Boy at the Keyhole more than I expected to. This is a slow-burning psychological gothic novel with tones of Shirley Jackson. Don't expect major twists and turns or anything crazy, but it's a good story about secrets and a crumbling house.At some points, it feels a little drawn out. I think this could have wo...
  • Kelly Long
    1970-01-01
    I read an ARC of this book.This was a slow burn that turned into a dud. That ending... What a letdown.
  • Diane Hernandez
    1970-01-01
    Boy at the Keyhole is a suspenseful psychological thriller by a debut author.In 1961, nine-year-old Samuel is at home in England with his housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother is searching for business investors in America. Samuel is concerned because his mother has been gone four months. Her only contact are bi-monthly postcards from America. Ruth tries to cut expenses as much as possible but the home’s artwork is being sold to ...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin/Hanover Press for the advance copy of this tension filled novel of psychological suspense. I found myself riveted to each page from its beginning to the startling conclusion. I would have liked a short aftermath, but found it more compelling than other mysteries I have read lately. There is a small cast of characters in a deteriorating manor with little physical action but lots of mental stress and strain. Samue...
  • JE Owen
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. Its hard to write about this without giving away spoilers so I'll say nothing at all about the plot except that it is a nail biting read, your belief about what is going on twists and turns as the story develops. Wonderful characters that just seem so real.5 out of 5!
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    Haunting and dark as hell. Memorable.Only readalike I can think of without giving away any plot points is Iain Reid's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS.Thanks to the publisher for the advance reading copy.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    1970-01-01
    Nine-year-old Samuel Clay lives with the family's housekeeper, Ruth, on a deteriorating English estate.  His father has died and his mother has traveled to America to secure capital for their failing business.It's been over five months since Samuel has spoken to his mother; he receives random postcards from her and marks her locations in an atlas in the study.  He misses her terribly and is upset she left in the middle of the night without sayi...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Harlequin Press for an e-copy of The Boy at the Keyhole for review. This short little novel was pretty dark. Nine year old Samuel’s mother left one night without a word for business in America. He is left with the housekeeper, Ruth, with only sporadic postcards to remember her by. As Samuel wonder if his mother will ever come back, he starts to suspect that maybe something more sinister is afoot. Maybe Ruth killed her, and he needs th...
  • SheLovesThePages
    1970-01-01
    I was given this book by Netgalley and Hanover Square Press to review. Publication Date-Sept 4, 2018.This book is set in England and has that upstairs/downstairs vibe. It is told through the eyes of a 9 year old boy who suspects the housekeeper of killing his mother.The writing is well done. And just when you think you may have it figured out, you don’t. So it does have you guessing throughout.It is a short, fast read. Made me anxious reading i...
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    This to me is the quintessential two star book. If you looked up "Goodreads two star rating" in a dictionary, there should be a picture of The Boy at the Keyhole. Everything about this was fine. The dialogue, the pacing, the plot - all perfectly fine and serviceable. Nothing wrong with any of it, but nothing awe-inspiring - or even above average - either. This is a tight little psychological "thriller." I did not find it especially thrilling myse...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Hanover Square Press for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. THE BOY AT THE KEYHOLE has a Gothic vibe and a growing sense of dread as the story progresses. It was a little slow in the beginning for me, so it's good to know right away that this isn't a twisty thriller. This is a slower burn suspense novel, but once that suspense amps up you won't be able to stop flipping the pages. Samuel Clay is a nine year old boy living w...
  • Dena
    1970-01-01
    While I did enjoy this book, I have to say that this read more like a middle grade to YA book, rather than an Adult novel. It is being compared to Shirley Jackson and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, however, I didn't think that it had the depth or sophistication of those authors. That said, I did like the story and the Gothic feel of the book, and I was quite intrigued to know what happened to Samuel's mother. The ending was the best part and made...
  • Out of the Bex
    1970-01-01
    Review to come!
  • Jenn
    1970-01-01
    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosperSamuel is a quirky nine year old who lives in a wondrous estate and is being taken care of by his housekeeper Ruth. Samuel's mom has gone to America on a "business trip" and Samuel has not heard from her in a long time. He gets postcards from his mom when he's seeming to question her whereabouts more often than other days. Samuel speaks with his friend Joseph who suggests that something has ...
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 2 stars I stopped reading this book at around 11% through, I figure that if I haven't gotten into it by that point then I no longer want to spend time trying to get into it. I'm going to create a list of things that I felt did not work with this book: 1) There was no use of transitions between the scenes, which gave the book a very choppy feel to it. 2) The characters lacked depth. For t...
  • Annie
    1970-01-01
    Samuel is left in the care of the housekeeper Ruth while his mother is away for 100+ days and counting. He becomes convinced that Ruth has actually killed his mother. I'm only giving this one 2 stars, but that is more because this type of book is just not my thing rather than anything wrong with the book, which was actually really gripping. I read it very quickly to see what would happen between Samuel and Ruth, alternately believing Ruth and agr...
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    This is a physiological drama told from the point of view of a nine-year old boy. It’s a unique perspective to see young Samuel Clay’s view of his world, one where his mother Margot has been away for more than 100 days.He receives no phone calls, no telegrams or packages. The only thing he waits for are the few postcards his mother sends from her travels across the United States and of course, his hope of her return. Samuel lives alone in a l...
  • Patty Smith
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Netgalley, Hanover Square Press, and Stephen Giles for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy.Poor Samuel has been left all alone with the housekeeper, Ruth, while his mother has gone off, in the middle of the night, without saying goodbye, on a trip to America, to drum up much needed funds. Set in the 1960’s, on a dilapidated English estate, Samuel has ...
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. I seem to be on a roll with reading great gothic mysteries over the last month. This is my fourth one during that time frame and each of them have warranted 4 or 5 stars from me. The Boy at the Keyhole is likely to be one that people are either going to love or hate. I LOVED it. It had shades of Stephen King's Misery to it, where instead of a writer and his Number One fan, this tale is of a young boy, Samuel, and his family's housekeep...
  • Erica
    1970-01-01
    2.5 rounded up to 3 stars.I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. Samuel is a nine year old boy who lives in England and is being cared for by his strict and sometimes violent housekeeper Ruth, after his mother disappeared late one evening. Nobody will tell him when his mother will return only that she left for America to take care of business. He receives post cards from her but he is not all...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.The Boy at the Keyhole has the makings of a psychological thriller with the debate between perception and reality surrounding Samuel, a young English boy yearning for his mother, who mysteriously departs for America for 'business reasons', leaving him in the care of Ruth the housekeeper. The only communication he receives from his mother are periodic postcards from various American...