A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson (2021) Review

Come see how I live

Why I picked up the book:

 Ivy is pretty lonely, vulnerable, and sad. All she wants is to belong and to be part of a family. Her prayers are answered when Kate mysteriously appears in her life, claiming to be her long-lost sister, and invites Ivy to come to stay in her cottage so they can get to know each other… Her isolated cottage. Ivy goes in and never comes out. The book promises us Ivy is the first, but not last!

The book through my criteria lens:

A Gingerbread House was one of my most anticipated 2021 books, and it did not disappoint. McPherson’s prose is so engaging. I just couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what was going on! I feel it’s a book to go in blind as the story unravels slowly – kind of like one of those pixel puzzles that the image starts blurry and gets clearer as it goes. 

I do have to say that most characters were well developed. It’s hard to name them and not spoil the book, but I am impressed with Catriona’s character work. I think that is why I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get more of Kate and Gail’s background. 

The solution also got me conflicted. Usually, I care a lot about fairness, and A Gingerbread’s House wrap-up had some information previously not disclosed to the reader. Somehow, though, I did not mind. Since we knew the antagonist, I didn’t care much about the why as long as someone stopped them! For this reason alone, I will be picking up more books by the author. She made me not care about my number one pet peeve! I thoroughly enjoyed this book—bonus point for a primarily female cast of characters, including the serial killer.

My personal feelings:

 I am putting in the release date of my copy. I thought A Gingerbread House had been released on July 1, but now it says August 3, 2021. Either way, I find this will make a great summer read.

I was surprised by this book. I will admit that I was confused about the Tasha chapters. In the beginning, they felt disjointed. Halfway through the book, the stories interconnect organically, and everything comes together. I will be lying if I didn’t admit that I loved the Fairytale Cottage chapters way more, though! Kate was a fascinating character, as was everyone who ended up falling for her trap. (Won’t name them all because, again, it might spoil the book). 

Even though I felt like the end was a bit rushed, I enjoyed it at the same time. McPherson tied up all the loose ends and offered a tightly closed book. There is still a part of me that wants to see Tasha again, despite knowing this is a standalone book!

Enjoyability     8

Characters       8

Ambience        10

Fairness          8

Plot                  10

Execution       8

My total rating: 4.33

I mention this book in this video: https://youtu.be/qlT8GRzOGTk


Until next book, be the hummingbird!

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