The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams
(Macmillan, 2013, 304 pages)
The House on the Cliff is the debut crime novel of Charlotte Williams. The main character, Jessica Mayhew, is a psychotherapist with a husband and two daughters. Jessica’s husband has just admitted to having a one night stand. Jessica’s 16 year old daughter is experiencing growing pains. In the midst of this turmoil, Jessica accepts a new patient, Gwydion Morgan, who is the son of a famous stage director, Evan Morgan. Gwydion has a recurring dream about being in a box on a boat and hearing screams. Jessica must help Gwydion interpret this dream so that he can move on with his life.
The premise of The House on The Cliff is interesting. Gwydion’s dream turns out to be a repressed memory of a crime committed by his father years earlier when Gwydion was just 6. But is this really a repressed memory or is it a false memory? Jessica Mayhew must help Gwydion get to the bottom of this mystery.
While I liked the premise of The House on the Cliff, I did not find Jessica to be a very sympathetic character. It does appear that there will be more Jessica Mayhew mysteries. If there are, I may have to give one a try to see if Jessica becomes a more well-rounded character.