The Family at No. 12 by Anita Waller

Today is my stop on Rachel’s Random Resources tour with Boldwood Books for The Family at No. 12.

When Janette answers the door to a potential customer looking to board his dog, she never imagines he has nefarious plans.

But minutes later he’s dead and in her cellar.

Weeks later she realises she’s pregnant.

And so she becomes Mother and the baby Child, and a hidden life begins.

But all secrets come out eventually . . .


This is the first book I’ve read from this author so I didn’t have any expectations. The cover drew me in even before I read the blurb. The dark house tells you something sinister is going on.

I was intrigued and horrified at the same time. This book is broken into three time zones. The first zone deals with horrific child abuse and neglect so if these are triggers for you, this may not be a good book for you. The author did a great job setting the story up for everyone that happened. Marta is a very interesting and complex character. Overall this is a dark intriguing story you will enjoy if you like family thrillers.


About the Author:

Anita Waller is the author of many bestselling psychological thrillers and the Kat and Mouse crime series. She lives in Sheffield, which continues to be the setting of many of her thrillers, and was first published by Bloodhound at the age of sixty-nine. This is her first book for Boldwood Books.

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