The House on Candlewick Lane
It is every parent’s worst nightmare. Greer Dobbins’ daughter has been kidnapped—and spirited across the Atlantic to a hiding place in Scotland. Greer will do anything to find her, but the streets of Edinburgh hide a thousand secrets—including some she’d rather not face.Art historian Dr. Greer Dobbins thought her ex-husband, Neill, had his gambling addiction under control. But in fact he was spiraling deeper and deeper into debt. When a group of shady lenders threatens to harm the divorced couple’s five-year-old daughter if he doesn’t pay up, a desperate Neill abducts the girl and flees to his native Scotland. Though the trail seems cold, Greer refuses to give up and embarks on a frantic search through the medieval alleys of Edinburgh—a city as beguiling as it is dangerous. But as the nightmare thickens with cryptic messages and a mysterious attack, Greer herself will become a target, along with everyone she holds dear.

The House on Candlewick Lane Details

TitleThe House on Candlewick Lane
Author
ReleaseFeb 7th, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781516100170
Rating
GenreMystery, Cultural, Scotland

The House on Candlewick Lane Review

  • D.B. Kennison
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes the world is a scary place. To protect your children you arm them from an early age with information that will keep them safe. Talk of stranger danger and personal space are at the forefront of such conversations. You issue reminders as they grow and warn them of every conceivable danger. As a parent, you’ve done your job. But what about the unimaginable? On a day like any other, Greer Dobbins’ daughter is taken and she is suddenly thrust into a parent’s worst nightmare. The good news Sometimes the world is a scary place. To protect your children you arm them from an early age with information that will keep them safe. Talk of stranger danger and personal space are at the forefront of such conversations. You issue reminders as they grow and warn them of every conceivable danger. As a parent, you’ve done your job. But what about the unimaginable? On a day like any other, Greer Dobbins’ daughter is taken and she is suddenly thrust into a parent’s worst nightmare. The good news is that it wasn’t a complete stranger who took her. It was the child’s father—Greer’s ex-husband. Thus begins the hunt to find her daughter and a chase that will take Greer halfway around the world and back to her native Scotland, back to where nothing is quite what it seems. The author paints a vivid picture of Edinburgh, a city rich in history, and filled with disturbing reminders of her early marriage days in a house on Candlewick Lane. The charming namesake of the book sounds idyllic but ends up as anything but. It’s more the stuff of nightmares and sets the stage for a number of suspects to crawl out of the darkest parts of the page to join others on a steadily growing list.This story isn’t necessarily the kind of thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding and breathless from page one. This is a good thing. The pacing reminded me of Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 with a slow building of suspense that sneaks up on you. I was well into the novel before I realized that I was racing to turn the pages. Sneaky. And, I was pulled into the book and the lives of the characters so effortlessly that it speaks well for pacing and a wonderfully fleshed out cast. I’ll admit, I waffled back and forth on several characters, believing each of them guilty one minute and innocent the next. In the end, I found this to be a satisfying read with everything a reader requires in a great mystery.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I need to give more than 5 stars!!!
  • Marja McGraw
    January 1, 1970
    The House on Candlewick Lane by Amy M. Reade will meet the needs of any reader who enjoys suspense.Greer Dobbins is an art historian with a five-year-old daughter. When her ex-husband kidnaps the child and spirits her away to Scotland, Greer’s life takes a whole new path. She’s follows her ex and daughter, not giving up on finding her lost one.The trip takes her to places and brings up memories that would be better left in the past in her search. Twists and turns both push her to, and pull her a The House on Candlewick Lane by Amy M. Reade will meet the needs of any reader who enjoys suspense.Greer Dobbins is an art historian with a five-year-old daughter. When her ex-husband kidnaps the child and spirits her away to Scotland, Greer’s life takes a whole new path. She’s follows her ex and daughter, not giving up on finding her lost one.The trip takes her to places and brings up memories that would be better left in the past in her search. Twists and turns both push her to, and pull her away, from resolutions. Greer finds herself and her loved ones becoming targets of ruthless people.If you enjoy suspense, I heartily recommend this story. I’ll be reading more of Ms. Reade’s mysteries.
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  • Cynthia Raleigh
    January 1, 1970
    I'm new to reading Amy Reade's books and enjoyed this first adventure. The shift to the streets of autumn-time Edinburgh enhanced the story. With characters you both love to love and love to hate, an enjoyable mystery in Scotland.
  • Yecheilyah Ysrayl
    January 1, 1970
    When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl was out of school, she is taken by surprise. Ellie should have been in school.Ellie is missing and Greer could experience no greater agony. Having been abducted by her ex-husband Neil, Ellie has been taken by her own father. A marriage that fell apart over Neil’s gambling addiction there’s no telling where he’s taken, Ellie. Distraught, Dr. Dobbins is at her wit's end as she and the police try to pi When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl was out of school, she is taken by surprise. Ellie should have been in school.Ellie is missing and Greer could experience no greater agony. Having been abducted by her ex-husband Neil, Ellie has been taken by her own father. A marriage that fell apart over Neil’s gambling addiction there’s no telling where he’s taken, Ellie. Distraught, Dr. Dobbins is at her wit's end as she and the police try to piece together the details of the disappearance. Together they discover Neil has taken Ellie from school and, even more, a man is spotted on an airport security video in Albany New York holding the hand of a little boy. The man’s face is concealed but the little boy turns around and faces the camera. The little boy is Ellie. Greer is taken aback. Neil has cut their daughter’s hair and dressed her in boys clothes. Unfortunately for this professor things do not get better. Having already sugar coated the details of the divorce to the police (irreconcilable differences), Greer has also neglected to inform the police that neither she or Neil are from the United States. It is in providing information about Neil’s parents and siblings that she reveals that both she and Neil are both from Scotland. At this point, after discovering that both she and her daughter’s passports are missing, it is clear that Neil is headed home.After a frantic attempt at boarding a plane without a passport and going through several airport personnel to rectify the situation, Greer heads to Edinburgh Scotland in search for her daughter. On the plane, she meets James and a casual conversation sparks the beginning of a relationship and a long search ahead. We learn more about Neil and Greer’s relationship, her strained relationship with her former parents-in-law, and other secrets the city holds.This is my second read from Amy and I didn’t know how to feel about Greer. She’s alright, I guess. The book opened and I was interested in the story but things started to slow as Greer and the police tried to figure out what happened to Ellie. This time wasn’t suspenseful enough for me and I found it a bit slow. Then there was Greer who seemed to have some airhead moments, asking questions whose answers to me seemed obvious. Like, how is it she was so surprised that Neil may have taken Ellie to Scotland? Or that he cut her hair. Seriously lady? Why do you think he cut her hair after kidnapping her and being on the run? Like, duh.Maybe she was just distraught because of her daughter being missing and couldn’t think straight but to be a Professor of Art and History she had some clueless moments. However, despite how I feel about Greer, the story itself was OK. Once Greer left the U.S. things got better for me. Things got real interesting once she revealed the abuse she suffered at the hands of Greer’s parents. When she took us back in time to show some of what she went through on the third floor of the house on Candlewick Lane, Amy had my full attention and I was interested to see how everything would unfold. Looking back, I wished she’d left the U.S. sooner so we could get to the juicy details. I enjoyed how the author didn’t allow the book to end until all the questions were answered. This is something I love in a good novel (that’s not part of a series). That is, everything is resolved before the book ends. Amy won cool points from me on that. Good writing. Plot Movement / Strength: 3/5Entertainment Factor: 3/5Characterization: 4/5Authenticity / Believable: 4/5Thought Provoking: 3/5Overall Rating: 3 / 5 stars
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  • Sharon Aguanno
    January 1, 1970
    The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy's writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to kn The House On Candlewick Lane by Amy M Reade. Set in Scotland, Amy gives her reader a great look at the language and food of Scotland. One of my favorite things about Amy's writing is the way she describes everything; From the characters, to the setting, to the plot! The reader gets to go along for the ride with the characters, in the streets and even in the kitchen! In addition, every chapter ends with a comment that pushes you on to the next chapter! This is an author you will want to get to know! And you will definitely get to do so in this story! She weaves herself through the pages beautifully. Don't stop at the end, there's a glossary defining the many Scottish terms and teasers for her other books! And if you want to get to know Amy better click the link to the latest news about Amy M. Reade. Very Interesting! I don't want to give anything away, I will just say that I would like to see this house on Candlewick Lane! And the cover... beautiful!
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  • Patricia Gligor
    January 1, 1970
    "The House on Candlewick Lane" by Amy M. Reade immediately drew me in and made me wish I could read it cover to cover in one sitting. I really can't say enough good things about the book. The characters are unique and well developed and I quickly came to care about them, especially the main character, Greer. The plot was intricate and kept me guessing to the very end. And the author's descriptions of the setting in Scotland made me want to visit there.If ever a book deserved five stars, this is "The House on Candlewick Lane" by Amy M. Reade immediately drew me in and made me wish I could read it cover to cover in one sitting. I really can't say enough good things about the book. The characters are unique and well developed and I quickly came to care about them, especially the main character, Greer. The plot was intricate and kept me guessing to the very end. And the author's descriptions of the setting in Scotland made me want to visit there.If ever a book deserved five stars, this is it! I highly recommend "The House on Candlewick Lane."
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  • booksofallkinds
    January 1, 1970
    From the very first page, we are thrown headlong into this story of lies, betrayal, and deception, and the fast-paced energy continues all the way through to the end. When Greer realises that her ex-husband Neil has taken their little girl and absconded to Scotland, she has never known fear like it. Determined to find them, she arrives in Edinburgh and begins the search. With the help of her sometimes infuriating sister, her sister's boyfriend, and a new acquaintance, nothing is going to stop Gr From the very first page, we are thrown headlong into this story of lies, betrayal, and deception, and the fast-paced energy continues all the way through to the end. When Greer realises that her ex-husband Neil has taken their little girl and absconded to Scotland, she has never known fear like it. Determined to find them, she arrives in Edinburgh and begins the search. With the help of her sometimes infuriating sister, her sister's boyfriend, and a new acquaintance, nothing is going to stop Greer from rescuing her daughter. But they soon realise that this is a lot more complex and dangerous than they could ever believe. Will Greer ever see her little girl again? Can she truly trust those around her? And what has Neil's horrible family and the house on Candlewick Lane got to do with all of this? THE HOUSE ON CANDLEWICK LANE by Amy M. Reade brings the city and ambience of Edinburgh alive, and the story is a great blend of art, history, and mystery. At times I was frustrated with the main character of Greer, and at certain points, the plot was a little unclear, but overall, I enjoyed this unusual mystery novel. *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.com
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  • Cheya
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn in right from the beginning but then my interest dwindled. The tempo of the story slowed. The main character and mother of the kidnapped 5-year-old girl moved to Edinburgh to search for her daughter but her focus seemed to shift to the beauty and food of the area. Perhaps the author was more fully describing the setting but I felt derailed. Greer, the mother, would talk about searching for her daughter but instead went to art museums and other charming points of interest. To be fair, I was drawn in right from the beginning but then my interest dwindled. The tempo of the story slowed. The main character and mother of the kidnapped 5-year-old girl moved to Edinburgh to search for her daughter but her focus seemed to shift to the beauty and food of the area. Perhaps the author was more fully describing the setting but I felt derailed. Greer, the mother, would talk about searching for her daughter but instead went to art museums and other charming points of interest. To be fair, I eventually realized that Greer was in Edinburgh to be close to the investigation and to only do a little bit of personal sleuthing.About the time I was ready to stop reading the story picked up it's momentum again. I enjoyed the flashbacks to an earlier time when Greer had visited her in-laws. Big lesson - don't marry someone until you've met his family! The sense of danger picked up when Greer's sister was beaten and then when Greer's husband . . . whoops, I almost left a spoiler. Overall, I liked this mystery. I wouldn't describe it as a cozy but not a thriller, either. It was a worthwhile and fun read.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty well done suspense novel that is occasionally undermined by some less than intelligent decisions by Greer as she hunts for her daughter Ellie. I especially liked the descriptions of Edinburgh (need to schedule a trip back there!). This is a fast read - it's also short- because it's a page turner. Reade does a good job of wrapping up all the threads. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC- I'm going to look for more from Reade. Try this for a plot driven low key thriller with some underlying seri Pretty well done suspense novel that is occasionally undermined by some less than intelligent decisions by Greer as she hunts for her daughter Ellie. I especially liked the descriptions of Edinburgh (need to schedule a trip back there!). This is a fast read - it's also short- because it's a page turner. Reade does a good job of wrapping up all the threads. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC- I'm going to look for more from Reade. Try this for a plot driven low key thriller with some underlying serious issues.
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  • Nicole Fitton
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read by Amy M Reade and I was not disappointed. The House on Candlewick Lane is a tale of child abduction, loss, love, mystery and suspense all rolled into one. Being set in Edinburgh was the icing on the cake! Reades' style of writing is easy to follow and the book flowed at a good steady pace. I struggled at points to connect with the lead protagonist Greer and found some of her decisions questionable.I particularly liked the colorful portrayal of Seamus and the d This is the first book I have read by Amy M Reade and I was not disappointed. The House on Candlewick Lane is a tale of child abduction, loss, love, mystery and suspense all rolled into one. Being set in Edinburgh was the icing on the cake! Reades' style of writing is easy to follow and the book flowed at a good steady pace. I struggled at points to connect with the lead protagonist Greer and found some of her decisions questionable.I particularly liked the colorful portrayal of Seamus and the darker traits of Janet. I will definitely look to read more from this author.
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  • nikkia neil
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.Contemporary mystery with lots of angst, suspense, and danger
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    A chilling thriller a child kidnapped by her father ,her mother determined to find her.Danger everywhere twists&turns that will have you racing through the pages,
  • Colleen M. Chesebro
    January 1, 1970
    One morning, Greer Dobbins gets the kind of phone call that every parent dreads. Her five-year-old daughter, Ellie, didn’t show up in class after riding the bus to school. In a panic, Greer pieces together the evidence she finds in her house that her ex-husband Neill, has kidnapped the child and fled back to their homeland of Scotland.Her passport is missing, but between the police and Federal authorities, she manages to catch a flight to Edinburgh, with the hopes of recovering her child. On the One morning, Greer Dobbins gets the kind of phone call that every parent dreads. Her five-year-old daughter, Ellie, didn’t show up in class after riding the bus to school. In a panic, Greer pieces together the evidence she finds in her house that her ex-husband Neill, has kidnapped the child and fled back to their homeland of Scotland.Her passport is missing, but between the police and Federal authorities, she manages to catch a flight to Edinburgh, with the hopes of recovering her child. On the plane, Greer meets a man named James, who shares her love for art history. She tells him everything, and they exchange numbers with the hope they will meet again in a professional capacity.Greer is from Scotland, so she has plenty of support from her mother, sister, Sylvie, and her sister’s boyfriend. Scotland Yard is involved in the search for Ellie and little by little, Greer reveals a terrible past while married to her ex-husband. Neill’s gambling addiction is what ended their marriage, and once back in Scotland, Greer discovers that this is the reason he has kidnapped their daughter. The story builds on the tension until the end, spinning a satisfactory gothic tale.I loved the rich descriptions of Edinburgh. You definitely feel like you are walking the streets next to Greer, searching for Ellie. You can feel the rain and the cold, and a couple times, I swear I could smell the scents of the local cuisine.Greer’s character is flawed, although I suspect this was caused by the abuse she suffered at the hand of her ex-husband. At times she seems almost clinical, lacking in emotions. Much of her pain is internalized, and she portrays the damsel in distress perfectly. It is through the love of James that Greer finally tries to reconcile her past.As in most gothic novels, the actual house on Candlewick Lane is creepy and filled with dark passages and rooms. You feel the evil emanate from the structure and from the people who live there. Numerous times I cringed at the abuse Greer was forced to endure. The ending was a total surprise and one I didn’t see coming.MY RATING:Character Believability: 4Flow and Pace: 4Reader Engagement: 5Reader Enrichment: 5Reader Enjoyment: 5Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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  • marlin1
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn to this book as it was set in Scotland namely the Old Town of Edinburgh, which we stayed in last year and for this the descriptions in the book took me right back there.Dr Greer Dobbins an art historian, and her husband Neill moved to America from Scotland seven years prior but she has been estranged from him for a number of years due to his gambling addiction. It seems that he now has got himself into deep debt and when their daughter is threaten, he abducts her and takes her back t I was drawn to this book as it was set in Scotland namely the Old Town of Edinburgh, which we stayed in last year and for this the descriptions in the book took me right back there.Dr Greer Dobbins an art historian, and her husband Neill moved to America from Scotland seven years prior but she has been estranged from him for a number of years due to his gambling addiction. It seems that he now has got himself into deep debt and when their daughter is threaten, he abducts her and takes her back to their native country, Scotland.....and Greer is frantically on their tail.This book was very easy to read but I never really connected to the characters, although I absolutely loved the descriptions of Edinburgh. On the flight over to Scotland, Greer meets James who is the passenger beside her. I really had a hard time with their relationship, I couldn't quite work out if I felt he was pushy ie always wanting to take her out or supportive while she was looking for her daughter Ellie. And then there was Greer's sister Sylvie, she was almost forced to stay with Greer by their mother for 'support' but the next day Sylvie announced her boyfriend would also be staying....so I'm not sure how 'supportive' she really was although their relationship did grow during the novel.There are some flashback chapters to earlier in Greer's and Neill's marriage, which pertain to Neill's family and these were quite creepy but in general I think I felt for a lot of the time I was being told things and not totally immersed.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read and review
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  • George Nagle
    January 1, 1970
    SOLID 5 STARSAmy Reade’s The House on Candlewick Lane pulls you into your own heart with the first page! Just as you think you have reached a logical conclusion, you realize you aren’t through the book and a new twist has made you rethink what you had concluded. I truly appreciate the feel to the story and love the setting in Scotland with some authentic speech of the region in place. It is a must read that can be done in a day or two for any mystery reader!This tale illuminates some of the rea SOLID 5 STARSAmy Reade’s The House on Candlewick Lane pulls you into your own heart with the first page! Just as you think you have reached a logical conclusion, you realize you aren’t through the book and a new twist has made you rethink what you had concluded. I truly appreciate the feel to the story and love the setting in Scotland with some authentic speech of the region in place. It is a must read that can be done in a day or two for any mystery reader!This tale illuminates some of the reality a parent (and family) goes through when a child becomes abducted. The truth of how Stranger Danger is the exception to the rule is certainly apparent when you stop to realize that the overwhelming abductions of children take place by someone the child knows, and more often than not, someone that the child is close to.The story is well crafted and does create feelings as you read it that any reader, but especially those with children, immediately emphasize with to the point that it will make you get up and see what your little ones are doing… and maybe give them a hug too.
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  • Linda Berry
    January 1, 1970
    When the unthinkable occurs, and Greer’s young daughter is abducted on her way to school, the hunt to find the kidnapper will take her across the sea to her native land. The haunting beauty of Scotland, and the customs and cuisine of its people, are intricately woven into this well-paced mystery. The search will take Greer to the House on Candlewick Lane, the childhood home of her former husband. While it sounds charming and quaint, nothing is further from the truth. These are the relatives from When the unthinkable occurs, and Greer’s young daughter is abducted on her way to school, the hunt to find the kidnapper will take her across the sea to her native land. The haunting beauty of Scotland, and the customs and cuisine of its people, are intricately woven into this well-paced mystery. The search will take Greer to the House on Candlewick Lane, the childhood home of her former husband. While it sounds charming and quaint, nothing is further from the truth. These are the relatives from hell, who devise many forms of emotional indignity to try to push Greer into madness. Various other figures lurk in the shadows, as well, who Greer will have the misfortune of meeting in a series of violent episodes. Through it all, love emerges in the form of a handsome Scotsman. But is he what he appears to be? The answers are not clear until the great finale of The House on Candlewick Lane.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Greer's daughter goes missing from school. It's a parents worst nightmare. It soon becomes obvious that her ex took the girl from school and left the country. That was all suspenseful and well done. But once they get to Scotland, things fell apart. First, why does she take time from her stress about a missing child to hook up with a fellow passenger? I was waiting for him to be the killer, but no, she just happened to take a break from a kidnapping to find a new boyfriend. Right.Then there was t Greer's daughter goes missing from school. It's a parents worst nightmare. It soon becomes obvious that her ex took the girl from school and left the country. That was all suspenseful and well done. But once they get to Scotland, things fell apart. First, why does she take time from her stress about a missing child to hook up with a fellow passenger? I was waiting for him to be the killer, but no, she just happened to take a break from a kidnapping to find a new boyfriend. Right.Then there was the whole situation with her ex's family. They were clearly so messed up. Why did she bother to talk to them at all? Why not just send the cops in? This book was a mess, IMO. I wouldn''t read it again, and wouldn't read anything else by the author, but thanks for the chance to read it!
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    I was hesitant to read a book of "women's fiction" when this author was recommended to me. However, I found the book captivating and well written. Although written from a woman's perspective, it has a solid, action filled storyline. The setting in Scotland is especially compelling. Having just returned from a vacation to Scotland, I could picture the crowded streets of Edinburgh where most of the novel is set. The book has a bit of romance, but does not dwell on it. It is primarily a crime myste I was hesitant to read a book of "women's fiction" when this author was recommended to me. However, I found the book captivating and well written. Although written from a woman's perspective, it has a solid, action filled storyline. The setting in Scotland is especially compelling. Having just returned from a vacation to Scotland, I could picture the crowded streets of Edinburgh where most of the novel is set. The book has a bit of romance, but does not dwell on it. It is primarily a crime mystery. Reade deals with the real issue of family kidnapping and the quest of a mother to find her child.
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  • Joyce Brown
    January 1, 1970
    When Greer' s daughter is taken by her ex-husband, Greer must follow him to their native Scotland. There, the father disappears with the five-year-old. Greer, with the help of the police, her family, and an art museum curator she met on the way over, searches the city for her little girl.Meanwhile, dark forces are at work, and Greer and company are in danger. I enjoyed learning about Edinburgh and following the budding relationships while the mystery ebbed and flowed.
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  • Iris Chacon
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't want to put it down. Suspense and surprises abound from the very first page all the way to the end. Cunning details and luscious Edinburgh ambiance adds to the depth of this entertaining and multifaceted tale of danger, romance, greed, and family loyalties. Highly recommended. Contains no offensive material.
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  • Wan Cloud
    January 1, 1970
    This book has an interesting plot that catches your attention and let you guess till the end. This book is well-written. I love the characters, especially Greer. She will not give up until she finds her daughter. Nothing can stop her. I could feel Greer's fear of losing her daughter. I also how the story brings us to Scotland. It makes me want to visit Scotland.
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  • R.P. Dahlke
    January 1, 1970
    High stakes thriller! A kidnapped daughter taken to Scotland by ex-husband and creepy in-laws. I could not put this book down. Binge read until finished.
  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The House on Candlewick Lane is the latest novel by Amy Reade. Dr. Greer Dobbins, an art history professor, is preparing to leave for work when she receives a call from her daughter’s school. They want to confirm Ellie’s absence, but Ellie was sent off to school on the bus. When the video surveillance is checked, it shows Greer’s ex-husband, Neill driving off with Ellie. Upon checking the safe in her house, Neill has taken their passports (Greer’s and Ellie’s). Neill has taken their daughter and The House on Candlewick Lane is the latest novel by Amy Reade. Dr. Greer Dobbins, an art history professor, is preparing to leave for work when she receives a call from her daughter’s school. They want to confirm Ellie’s absence, but Ellie was sent off to school on the bus. When the video surveillance is checked, it shows Greer’s ex-husband, Neill driving off with Ellie. Upon checking the safe in her house, Neill has taken their passports (Greer’s and Ellie’s). Neill has taken their daughter and fled the country. He manages to stay one step ahead of the police. When Greer finds out that Neill is heading home to Scotland with Ellie, she hops a flight. Unfortunately, Neill managed to evade the police at the airport. Now Neill has Ellie and can be anywhere in Scotland. Greer is not leaving without her daughter. She rents a house and starts searching Edinburgh. Greer has the help of her sister, Sylvie (I believe a stranger on the street would be more helpful). Late one night, Greer gets a text message from Neill. He begs her to leave Scotland. Neill has run up gambling debts that he cannot repay. They have threatened Ellie’s life (which is why he took off with her). Neill is afraid that Greer will lead the lenders right to him. Greer does not heed his advice. Greer is visiting St. Giles Cathedral when she is attacked. A few days later, someone breaks into their home and harms Sylvie. The culprits are upping their game. But Greer will not let them deter her from finding her daughter. Will Greer be able to find Ellie before the criminals?I have read all of Amy Reade’s novels. The House on Candlewick Lane is not up to Ms. Reade’s normal standards. I thought the novel got off to a slow start (I think water freezes at a faster pace). The pace does not pick up until after Greer is attacked at St. Giles Cathedral. We slowly get to find out more about Neill and his family (I do not know why anyone would marry into this family) in the second half of the novel. The mystery gets more intriguing in the last half of the book (everything starts to make sense). I wish the author had gone back and redone the first half of the book. For a smart woman, Greer makes many missteps (bad choices). The safe where she keeps her passports was not locked (in case she forgot the combination), she fails to tell the police that Neill is from Scotland (which delays them in staking out the airport), and she never checked on Neill’s gambling problem after the divorce (it is the reason they divorced). Greer is threatened with bodily harm, but she keeps going off alone. I especially thought it was odd that Greer searched for her daughter in the various parks around Edinburgh. If you had taken a child and were on the run, would you take a child to the park? Greer is a hard character to like. She has many nervous habits (like chewing on her fingernails), she is high-strung (gets faint and dizzy when she gets upsetting news), and has a temper! She holds back important information from the police, but then runs to them with nonsense (and of course, likes to demand answers). I give The House on Candlewick Lane 2.5 out of 5 stars. The book has potential (it has some good bones), but it needs reworking (rewriting and editing). I felt that the romance in the novel was a little rushed and not suitable to the situation. Greer meets a man on the plane and they keep gravitating towards each other. If your child was missing and in danger, would you go out on a date? I also did not like the addition of Sylvie, Greer’s sister. Sylvie is flighty and self-centered. She was more concerned about spending time with her boyfriend, Seamus and having him stay with her on Greer’s dime (he was recently released from prison on an assault charge). The ending felt rushed. The author, though, does manage to tie up all the loose ends and provide readers with answers to their questions. Sylvie and Seamus’ story continues in Highland Peril which will be out in September. While I did not enjoy The House on Candlewick Lane, I do recommend reading Amy Reade’s The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor and Secrets of Hallstead House.
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  • Cheryl Schenk
    January 1, 1970
    This story started off with good mystery and drama but, for me, it didn't carry that off throughout the novel. I found myself disappointed or angry with the main character quite often. Greer went off-track with things like looking for a flat and entering into a relationship while her daughter was missing. As a mother all of my concentration would have been on finding my child. At the end of the story I was still trying to figure out Niall's actions. It seems from the beginning he ran towards his This story started off with good mystery and drama but, for me, it didn't carry that off throughout the novel. I found myself disappointed or angry with the main character quite often. Greer went off-track with things like looking for a flat and entering into a relationship while her daughter was missing. As a mother all of my concentration would have been on finding my child. At the end of the story I was still trying to figure out Niall's actions. It seems from the beginning he ran towards his problems, not away from them, and hauled his daughter into the mess with him. This story did not work for me. Having said all this, I liked the writing itself and I will give this author's other work a chance.
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