The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Boy, named Samuel, is convinced that the housekeeper, Ruth, somehow has killed his mother. That Ruth is not a warm fuzzy type, and that Samuel's mother appears to be less than maternal (per the letters he discovers) leads to a house filled with tension and angst. That a boy of nine could begin to imagine this type of thing isn't implausible, especially when egged on by his best/only friend, and the author does a decent job of putting this in Samuel's voice. Yet there's something a little off here, perhaps the rushed nature of the ending after the incredibly slow pacing of the rest of the book? It just misses being a good horror book.
eARC provided by publisher.