Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell - Blog Tour

Home Is Where The Nightmare Is

Beautiful double room to let to single person

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to undercover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth…

Did this room already claim one victim?
Is it about to take another?

About The Author

Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, broadcaster, campaigner, and journalist. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row and Woman’s Hour and numerous others. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival. Dreda and Tony’s work is currently in development for TV. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.

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My Review

I don't quite know where to start with this review, I often struggle to put into words the reasons why I loved a book. It is sometimes so difficult to pick out specifics, especially without giving spoilers. This was just an overall great read!
Spare Room was such an excellent book, which I finished in just a few hours. The plot was excellent as were the characters I just couldn't put it down, which led to a lot of tuts and head shaking when anyone tried to talk to me.
I had so much sympathy for Lisa and what she was going through. She just wants the truth and doesn't seem able to get it from anybody. She is quite a lonely woman and has quite a few issues to deal with.
The story does deal with the issue of suicide, which some people might find upsetting. I did find the first chapter a tough read but it was a part of the story that needed to be told.
I would highly recommend Spare Room if you like a story that will keep you guessing throughout.
I haven't read any of Dreda Say Mitchell's work before, but I found her style of writing to be captivating and I found myself completely engrossed in her words.

Thank you to Emma from Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on the blog tour. Find out what others thought by following tour, dates and bloggers below.


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