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  • Totally Riveting

    In 1940s London Queenie Osbourne and her french best friend, Joy Rivard have everything to look forward to. Joy is getting married to her fiancé, loaded Charles Gilchrist, and Queenie has dreams of becoming a successful singer in America. All is good except that Queenie and Charles have an attraction... to each other. A pregnant Queenie goes to 10 Rillington Place to see John Reginald Halliday Christie who can help her but as she stands outside of his door she feels a sense of wariness. The Girl at My Door is a cracking merging of fact and fiction crime that was so compelling. The author's portrayal of Joy and Queenie and their dissimilarity was wondrous. Where Queenie was confident, vain, gregarious and vivacious and an up-and-coming singer in a London nightclub called the Mockin' Bird, Joy was quiet, self-conscious and lacking in confidence, liking her books and working at the British Museum. Told from the a variety of perspectives, the tale has a sinister tone and it is completely engrossing from the beginning with its dark and suspenseful prose. The parts from the eyes of Christie are especially chilling. An undoubtedly fantastic read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Creepy and well researched

    I was already somewhat familiar with the historical Rillington Place murders, so I was looking forward to a fictionalised take on the story and The Girl at My Door didn't disappoint. Talk about flipping creepy...oh my goodness! The story centres around three fictional characters - Queenie, Joy and Terry and the drama within their lives that the author cleverly weaves into the very real nightmare that was John Reginald Christie, the infamous serial killer and alleged necrophile during the 40s/50s. This book had me dragging my hands down my face in horror, it was genuinely chilling and the author really did a good job of making me feel repulsed by Christie. I found the historical aspects of the book really well researched, this story felt like stepping back in time and had me intrigued by and googling so many things, like the perfume Queenie wore. I did like and feel for the fictional characters in the story, I wished things had been better for them. This book really highlights how bleak and dangerous things were for LGBTQ people and pregnant women, it wasn't that long ago. The audiobook narration was fantastic, Johnathan Keeble and Daphne Kouma should get an award for this performance, it really was outstanding.

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  • Atmospheric read!

    ‘The Girl at my Door’ is one of the most atmospheric books I’ve read in ages. I got a sense of the time in which it was set from the post-war London smog, to the sounds and smells of the streets. It’s all there. The mixture of fact surrounding the crimes of Reginald Christie and the fictional characters, Terrence, Queenie and Joy, made it all fantastic. Each character had a story and each one was different. The realism was chilling. Queenie with her flawed character and huge talent. Terrence keeping a huge part of his life in the shadows and very sweet, Joy. I felt like I knew them within no time and I wanted so much for them. This book was a fast read for me. I enjoyed the historical crime aspect and certain things were left reeling through my mind. There are huge themes, miscarriage of justice being the one that really stood out. I also felt the social injustice of the time. I won’t comment on this as it will spoil the unravelling of the story. My heart went out to all the characters. On top of a being a brilliant story, ‘The Girl at my Door’ is well written and took me on an emotional journey. What more could I as the reader ask for?

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  • Gripping and Creepy

    I always love a good thriller with lots of twist and turns and I must say that "The girl at my door" by author Rebecca Griffiths is one such page turning thriller. This is my first ever book that I have read by this author to be honest and a one, I'm glad I read. Based on the real life notorious serial killer, John Reginald Christie of 10 Rillington place, under whose silent filthy prying eyes, two friends Queenie and Joy are struggling to make a bright future for themselves after the second world war in the year 1949. But when betrayal strikes their friendship, leaving their lives shattered and friendship broken. Will Queenie risking her bright future and turn to the only man who can help her with no clue of what lies behind the closed door of 10 Rillington place and will Christie risk everything for his pry? The book is a good blend of a real life crime story along with fictional characters. The characters are a mixture of strong and likeable to creepy and shadowy. The book also give us a glimpse of the world where homosexuality and abortions were considered a taboo. The author has used a very rhythmic tone in her writing which for me personally, made it all the more interesting as well as creepy at times. I also liked the fact that the author retold the story of Christie, which i' m sure most of us were not all at aware of. The only thing that did not work for me was that the book was quite heavy on the descriptive part, but with a gripping plot like that, it was something that I was willing to overlook totally. Will I recommend this book? Yes, if you are someone who likes a creepy thriller, then this is the book to watch out for. A big thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for an ARC.

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  • A gripping thriller

    I 'read' The Girl at my Door in audiobook format. It is only the second audiobook novel I have listened to, and I think that's why it took me a little while to get into it. This book is set in London in 1949 and is based on the true story of the Rillington Place serial killer. It follows Queenie, a singer, living in the underbelly of London just after the war and her friends, Joy and Terrance. There were two narrators who read alternate chapters, which I quite liked. The story is told from the point of view of a number of characters including Queenie, Joy and the serial killer himself, John Reginald Christie. This was really interesting as it gave a real insight into what each person was thinking and how their minds worked. The author did a really great job of describing the setting of this novel and I could picture in my mind exactly how it looked and felt to be there. I had never heard of the Rillington Place murders before this book, but it is definitely something I'm intrigued to find out more about now. Overall, I thought this book was well written and it kept me gripped right up until the end. My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review.

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