I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heights by Louise Candlish
Also by this author: Our House, Those People
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 5th August 2021
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you.
The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Shad Thames, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren't standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him.
Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.
You know this for a fact.
Because you’re the one who killed him.
Thank you to Books and the City and Simon and Schuester for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I loved Louise’s previous books Our House and Those People so I was very excited when I heard about The Heights.
As is usual for Louise the characters are very realistic. Ellen, Vic Lucas, Justin and Freya are your average blended family. Ellen and Vic, parents to Lucas while Freya is the child of Ellen and Justin. All is well until Kieran comes along. I cannot decide if I like Ellen or not. She clearly loves her family and wants to keep them safe. However, there are times when she seemed I’m not even sure of the right word. Neurotic seems OTT but I’m not sure what else to call it.
Louise drip-feeds information so as to keep you perfectly on edge. I have to say the whole book made me edgy. I never knew which way the characters were going to turn. It was obvious that something terrible had happened but for a long time, it wasn’t clear what.
I liked that the chapters flicked between the present and the past. I also liked the little clips from the newspaper article. I love things that break up the usual chapter 1, chapter 2 etc in a book. We also had multiple POVs which is something I love too.
The story is very twisty and as is Louise’s style almost verging on the unbelievable but still within the realms of possibility. Louise has a way of making the outrageous seem plausible. Her characters a driven to the edge to where it’s all they have left. I thoroughly enjoyed this chilling story and I cant wait to see what twisty story Louise brings next.
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