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Book Review – The Woman Upstairs by Ruth Heald @bookouture #BookReview #BooksOnTour #thriller

Many thanks to Noelle Holten and publisher Bookouture for my spot on this Blog Tour.

It all started at the very beginning when this talented author said – Let me take you down the rickety pathway of no return where the thrill would overwhelm you and make you so addicted that you will never want to come out of the book. What she didn’t tell me was that how much I would react to the story and the characters. Read on!!

Katie, an innocent and naive first time mother, was pregnant with twins. Her partner Ian was thrilled and asked her to move into a house he had bought. Only problem was it was completely rundown. In a fix, she met and befriended Paula. Ian then went abroad for work, she gave birth to the twins, and Paula took charge. The story rolled on till Katie saw through the lies surrounding her and wondered whom to trust. She needed to act fast to save her daughters. At last, I thought. Read on!!

My second book by author Ruth Heald, I was excited and charged to get to the story. Initially, I was very sympathetic toward Katie and her circumstances, but over the pages, the decisions she took had me screeching. And not with joy. Read on!!

The house too had a dark and dreary feel to it. The atmosphere was oppressive and haunting, almost gothic. The characters kept bringing me back to the story even when I took a break as my emotions overwhelmed me. Not with tears. Read on!!

I had this intense need to get to the truth. The author’s writing took on a hypnotic quality pulling me further into the book. The secrets came out at the end, and I felt relieved. The suspense had nearly killed me.

My throat was sore at the end. This was the only book in recent times which made me react loudly and strongly at the main characrer, some swear words might have been used. I have to admit I wanted this to be my midnight read, but was too scared of disturbing my family, probably the neighbors too.

I had only one question to ask the main character KatieHaven’t you read Ruth Heald’s previous book? Don’t you know what is going to happen to you? But alas she didn’t, and the story continued till the end with me tapping on my kindle furiously.

Man, what a book!!

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

You’d be lost without her…

She’s the shoulder you cry on when the father of your children disappears.
She’s the person you turn to when he comes back, begging for forgiveness.
She’s by your side when you discover his guilty secrets.
She helps rock your babies to sleep when they cry.
She’s your friend when you have no one else.
She’s the woman upstairs, whose feet you hear treading around as you drift off at night, thankful you aren’t alone.

But what if you’re about to lose everything because of her?

Publication Date: 10th September 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

27 thoughts on “Book Review – The Woman Upstairs by Ruth Heald @bookouture #BookReview #BooksOnTour #thriller Leave a comment

    • So happy that it was good.. I used all the swear words.. 😂 😂 Most were English… You remember those horror movies you want to tell the characters – Don’t f**king do that!! Hehehe 😂😂


  1. Wow, I guess I need to read Ruth’s books. This sounds like a good starting point. Love it when a book gets you reacting out loud. I’ve missed yelling at characters 😀 Great review.

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