The Dream Home – T M Logan | Book Review | #The DreamHome | @TMLoganAuthor @zaffrebooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Adam and Jess move into a new house with their three young children: a rambling Victorian villa in a nice neighbourhood right at the very top of their price range. Before long Adam discovers a door hidden behind a fitted wardrobe, concealing a secret room . . .

Inside Adam discovers a collection of forgotten items: a wallet, an expensive watch and an old mobile phone. Jess thinks they should simply throw them away. But Adam resists. He is fascinated by these items and how they came to be inside the hidden room.

But like the house, Adam has his secrets too. And soon he will find himself setting in motion a series of events that will place his family in terrible danger . . .

From the two million copy Sunday Times bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY, THE CATCH and THE MOTHER, this is T.M. Logan’s most unputdownable thriller yet.


My thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and to the publisher for the ecopy to review via Netgalley. The Dream Home is published by Zaffre and is available in ebook, audio and hardback formats (29 February 2024) with the paperback to follow.

I’ve read most of this author’s books (to see previous reviews, type his name into the search bar) – and have enjoyed every one. In my view, Tim Logan is the UK’s Linwood Barclay. His books feature ordinary people in the most extraordinary of situations and The Dream Home is the most mysterious and menacing yet.

91 Regency Place, a large Victorian villa has dark secrets and when new owner Adam makes an unusual discovery, he should really have left well alone. But of course he doesn’t, he is that person who has to delve further. He and his wife Jess innocently make a call to a phone number which kicks off a string of events and puts the whole family in danger. The house of their dreams has led them into a nightmare. Adam is not perfect however and I was disappointed in him for hiding secrets of his own.

Interrupting the main story are short background snippets and it didn’t take long to suspect the relevance that these had to the story. Adam becomes obsessed with investigating the past and some of his actions cause events to spiral out of control. There were times when I worried for him and felt he was making bad decisions but that gives realism, after all he was just an ordinary bloke, not a superhero with experience of dealing with the darker side of life.

A good book for me is one that I want to keep picking up. I was hooked on this story, suspecting everyone and trusting no-one. I had suspicions about the what but the why and who kept me guessing. I think this is possibly the darkest of his books I’ve so far read and I very much enjoyed it. The descriptions of the house in its Nottingham setting give that atmospheric vibe. If you want a suspenseful thriller that has pace with underlying menace then do pick up The Dream Home.

T.M. Logan is a Sunday Times bestseller whose thrillers have sold more than two million copies in the UK and are published in 22 countries around the world. The Holiday was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and was adapted into a four-part TV drama, as was The Catch. Formerly a national newspaper journalist, he writes full time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.

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