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  • Delightfully Shocking

    The House Mate is a psychological thriller that blew me away and caused me to rethink my perceptions of the entire story after the book came to an end. What I Loved I love that there are so many themes running through the plot. The most obvious of these themes is the overuse of social media and how people can’t distinguish between reality and the carefully filtered world of Instagram. The main character, Regi, is drawn into the world of #cleanstagram, and she quickly learns about trolls and tries to save her favorite Instagrammer from the mocking comments of one such person by locating that person and paying him/her a visit. Are you cringing yet? Well, you should be. Along with the theme of the overuse of social media, there are more subtle related themes of perception versus reality and the ability to hide in plain sight while rewriting your own story. Regi changed her name as a reflection of wanting to change her story. The big mystery is why? What is she running from? There are many more themes I could identify, and I loved how each developed throughout the story. It provides lots to discuss long after I finished the book. My favorite character is Sophia, one of Regi’s housemates. Genuine diagnosable OCD is a challenging disorder to live with as much for the person who has it as those who live with that person. It takes patience and understanding that are unusual to see in college-age young men and women. Still, in that sea of misunderstanding, Sophia, with her gentle ways and empathy, never wavered. She is an excellent reminder that mental health disorders are an illness, not a choice. I especially love the ending of this story. I went along, keeping a pretty fast pace and glued to the book, though not understanding where the story was trying to go. And, then, the end happened, and I was blown away. I read so many psychological thrillers that surprises don’t happen as much as I’d like, but The House Mates not only surprised me with the ending, it made me realize that my whole perception of the story had been incorrect. I am in total awe of any novel that can blow my mind, and The House Mate not only blew my mind, but it shook it up and spat it back out. To Read or Not to Read If you are a psychological thriller-junkie like me, you won’t want to miss this shocking, fast-paced tale of misperceptions.

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  • A unique read

    I was immediately drawn to this book by its sinister cover and I wanted to read it straight away without even seeing what it was about. The bonus of it was that it was written by Nina Manning, whose other two books I have enjoyed, which just added even more to its appeal. The plot for The House Mate appears pretty straightforward, but once you get into the story, it takes a more complex route which at times could be confusing and had me wondering what was going on and where it was heading, but once it was made clear, it made much more sense. it really has been very cleverly plotted and put together when looking back on it. I always enjoyed Nina Manning’s writing and she does a great job of keeping you wanting to flick those pages. Her characters are always very well developed and each are brought to life through the pages. The main character in this story suffers from OCD and anxiety and Nina Manning has done such a great job in portraying these two crippling disorders. In my opinion I think that The House Mate is Nina Manning’s best work to date. It is very unique and although not to everyone’s taste based on other feedback I have read, it is this uniqueness that makes it a stand out to me. It was a pleasure to read and review The House Mate and I look forward to seeing what Nina Manning comes up with for her readers next.

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  • I had more questions than answers at the end

    I chose this book because of the psychological thriller element, but although I was really invested in Regi’s heart-wrenching story, it fell short for me. The signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) described in the novel are well-researched. I had a friend with this disorder who was traumatized and developed similar compulsions, i.e. excessive door locking, counting, and extreme cleaning after his home was broken into. I was intrigued by Ms. Manning’s plot beginning with an eye-opening prologue and then giving the reader a look into the life of an interesting and vulnerable main character trying to deal with a traumatic secret and a very real mental health disorder while moving on with her life as a traditional college student. The suspense is gradual but effective and the idea of using Instagram posts as a relief for her anxiety is unique. However, the ending was confusing and did not mesh with the climax of the story which was unbelievably coincidental and unfortunately, a real let down for me. Overall, this is a promising thriller told in past and present. The well-written scenes are compelling and nail-biting as well as moving and heartbreaking. The characters are intriguing and mysterious. Unfortunately, I had more questions than answers at the end. Thank you to Ms. Manning for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • Not sure

    I'm still trying to figure out if I liked this or not. I did take a while to get through the book. The HouseMate tells a story about Regi who has.OCD. You follow her as she seemingly tries to start over after having some traumatic event in the past. The reader is kept guessing on what it was. Regi also becomes obsessed with an instagram influencer. The chapters are interspersed with another story that has happened in the past. In the end I understood why the author had these parts but ultimately I don't think it fit. There were slot of instances that seemed unbelievable. I honestly wished the story ended differently. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to ready this copy of #TheHouseMate

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  • Not as Advertised

    Feels like a bait and switch. I was all in for most of the book. What is her big secret? Who is after her? Why is she like this? What does the number 6 mean? I was left with red herrings and disappointment. This could have been very powerful. It seemed to be very coincidental and manipulative. Just didn't work for me.

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