Book Review: A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

What would you do if you received an invitation you felt you just couldn’t refuse? Think twice is my advice.

Goodreads Blurb

A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love. 

She’s making a mistake. 

Ivy enters Kate’s fairytale cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland . . . and she doesn’t come out. 

She’s the first to go missing. 

She won’t be the last. 

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Tash’s journey is just beginning . . .

A Gingerbread House book cover


I’m afraid I’m going to have to cut straight to the point with this one. While I wanted to love A Gingerbread House, I just couldn’t. There were three main reasons for this. The first that it was a slow burn, much too slow for my enjoyment. To be honest, I was at the point of giving up when things finally started to happen. These “things” were enough to keep my interest and got me though to the end.

Secondly, there were two stories running parallel. While they do eventually intersect, it felt a little too late and unrealistic, if you want my honest answer. Saying that, both stories had great potential in their own right and this might have made a stronger book of the author just focused on one of them.

Finally, I wasn’t fully satisfied with the ending. Although I got the action I craved, it felt that things were explained enough. I would have liked that little bit more depth and clarity to neatly wrap this book up.

I really don’t enjoy writing these less positive reviews but I owe it to myself and anybody that reads to be honest. Just bear in mind that is is just my opinion. On Goodreads, there are many people that enjoyed A Gingerbread House. I suggest checking in with them before making a decision.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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