My Rating ~ Three stars
RELEASE DATE: 15 September 2021
Publisher: One More Chapter
How well do you know your neighbour?Would you trust them with your life?
I heard Emily before I saw her. The harsh smack of heels against cheap wooden floorboards. The loud phone calls. The incessant music.
I knew Emily before I met her. Discarded receipts in our communal hallway. Sticky leftovers in the shared food waste bin. Wine shop vouchers in the letterbox.
Now she’s gone missing, and I’m the only one who can find her. The only one who can save her.
Because I know her best, and I heard everything.
The Girl Upstairs is a spine-tingling psychological thriller of grief and obsession that explores how lonely London can be and how sometimes it’s our neighbours who see us most, who know us best…
Thankyou to One More Chapter for providing me with a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Suzie lives alone in her apartment she can’t bear to leave, after the death of her husband. Emily is another in a long line of tenants living upstairs. Her constant noise is driving Suzie crazy, but when the noise stops and Suzie realised she hasn’t heard from her in a week, she starts to worry. She seems to be the only one doing the worrying though, so the more time that goes past, the more involved she becomes in trying to find out where she is.
The Girl Upstairs started off so slowly. I found it really hard to get in to and to be honest, I probably didn’t connect with any of the characters until over halfway through. Once I got to that point though, the mystery drew me in and I enjoyed the twists and Suzie’s investigation. After Emily goes missing, the story branches into two points of view (up until then we only have Suzies point of view as to what’s going on). As Suzie’s story moves forwards, Emily’s point of view starts from before she moved to London and works towards the present day. I found having the two points of view gave the book much more depth and made it more intriguing to piece the mystery together.
An interesting missing person story that definitely gets better if you persevere with the slow start.