Saturday, 15 February 2020

The Woman Downstairs by Elisabeth Carpenter - Blog Tour Review

Can you ever really know your neighbours?
When human remains are found in a ground floor flat, the residents of Nelson Heights are shocked to learn that there was a dead body in their building for over three years.
Sarah lives at the flat above and after the remains are found, she feels threatened by a stranger hanging around the building.
Laura has lived in the building for as long as she can remember, caring for her elderly father, though there is more to her story than she is letting on.
As the investigation starts to heat up, and the two women become more involved, it's clear that someone isn't telling the truth about what went on all those years ago...

My Review

I really, really enjoyed this book! It reminded me of a really life case that I watched a documentary on a few years back. Having never read anything by this author I found myself really enjoying her style of writing.

The story is told from two perspectives. I was gripped by the parts featuring Laura and her story. I felt so much sympathy for her. Caring for her dad by herself is difficult but she does the best she can. She is quite a lonely woman and doesn't have much of a life outside of her own four walls. 

Sarah is determined to find out what happened in the flat below. To the point of I would say obsession. As she found out more it leads to some shocking revelations. 

The Woman Downstairs is a real page turner, and I absolutely loved it! It has a great plot, complex characters and is written brilliantly. It is a book I would recommend to everyone. Elisabeth Carpenter is an excellent writer and I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

About the Author

Elisabeth Carpenter lives in Preston with her family. She completed a BA in English Literature and Language with the Open University in 2011.
Elisabeth was awarded a Northern Writers' New Fiction award and was longlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 and 2016) and the MsLexia Women's Novel award (2015). She loves living in the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area, including the novel she is writing at the moment. She currently works as a bookkeeper.


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