The Safe House

She told you the house would keep you safe.

She lied.

Esther is safe in the house. For sixteen years, she and her mother have lived off the grid, protected from the dangers of the outside world. For sixteen years, Esther has never seen another single soul.
Until today.

Today there’s a man outside the house. A man who knows Esther’s name, and who proves that her mother’s claims about the outside world are false. A man who is telling Esther that she’s been living a lie.

Is her mother keeping Esther safe – or keeping her prisoner?

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About the author

Louise Mumford was born and lives in South Wales. She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first-class honours.  In the summer of 2019, Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘Gripping, tense and thought-provoking… I raced through it.’ Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet
  • ‘Unearths the depths of a mother's love… Compelling.’ Eve Smith, author of The Waiting Rooms
  • ‘A terrifyingly sharp thriller.’ Victoria Dowd, author of The Smart Woman's Guide to Murder
  • ‘Chilling and compelling.’ Vikki Patis, author of Return to Blackwater House
  • ‘Perfectly realised.’ Trevor Wood, Dagger award-winning author of The Man on the Street
  • ‘Tense, claustrophobic and oh-so addictive.’ Penny Batchelor, author of My Perfect Sister
  • ‘A compulsive and tightly woven thriller that deftly illustrates the chilling lengths a mother will go to protect her child.’ Karin Nordin, author of Last One Alive

Louise Mumford was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age, she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since.

She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first-class honours. As a teacher, she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)

In the summer of 2019, Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.

Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.  
This book will be removed from the platform 14 days after the final stave.

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.

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