The Cliff House

Written by Amanda Jennings


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Some friendships are made to be broken

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.

If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.

If only her life was as perfect as theirs.

If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.

If only she lived at The Cliff House…




Compulsive, Obsessive and gets under your skin!   4 stars

A completely different pace to this book from the thrillers I’ve been reading lately, but no less compulsive reading. This is a story to keep you hooked!

Tamsyn lives in the small family home with her mother, brother and sick grandfather and still mourns the loss of her father some years previously. A close-knit family, she has particularly fond memories of being with her father out on the cliff path where they would watch The Cliff House, a contemporary building with it’s own pool. These memories are so vivid that Tamsyn is fixated on this house and the lives of the family who now treat it as their holiday home. Dreams are made of this – or are they?

This is a story of two very different types of family; one which struggles to get by each week and the other to whom money is no object. But happiness isn’t something you buy, and neither is morality and good behaviour. Compulsive, obsessive and uncomfortable at times, this is a book which got under my skin. It may not be the easiest of reads, but it all makes sense in the end and I’m glad I chose to read The Cliff House. A very different kind of novel, but no less enjoyable for that.

My thanks to HQ Digital for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.




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Meet the Author



Mother of girls. Writer of books. IN HER WAKE ( Fresh 2016 pick). THE CLIFF HOUSE out May 2018 (). Who doesn’t love a bit of Cornish noir…?






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