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    Great read!

    If you are looking for a thriller that is both creepy and scary, this is it. I was captivated and enthralled by this book from the very first page until the very last page. There were times I had to put the book down because I was afraid to find out what was going to happen. Katie and Ian are in a casual relationship when she discovers she is pregnant with twin girls. Ian is thrilled and has her move into an old Victorian mansion which was supposed to be renovated but it wasn't. He puts Katie up in a hotel until he can get some of the rooms renovated and inhabitable so she can move in. While visiting the coffee shop across the road, Katie meets Paula who said she was a doula and Katie agreed to let Paula help her with her birthing plan and care of the babies after they were back home as Ian traveled a lot. Once the babies are born and Paula moves in to help, things get really creepy and scary. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this scary book that I thoroughly enjoyed because it kept me on the edge of my seat and if I could, I would give it more than 5 stars.
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    Everyone Lies!

    Twisty psychological thriller which keeps building and building until the final breathtaking end! Everyone lies in this story which makes it difficult to know where the truth lies. There are innocents but most have ulterior motives. Reminiscent of a Lifetime movie.
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    Enjoyable easy read

    Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of The Woman Upstairs by Ruth Heald. First I’ve read by the author and I’ll be looking out for her again. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the book. I’d say it’s quite a tame thriller, nothing too shocking but moves along at a good pace with some great twists.
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    A brilliant psychological thriller

    The Women Upstairs, the second novel by Ruth Heald is one cracker of a read. It is captivating, creepy as hell, disturbing, full of twists and turns and I absolutely loved it! As the blurb states “prepared to be kept up way past your bedtime as you race through this addictive page-turner.” This could not be more true. I was like superglue stuck to the pages racing through it as I could not get enough. I was torn wanting to savour it but also wanting to know how it was all going to unfold. Ruth has crafted two stories that takes you from the present day to flashbacks of the past. In one story we have Katie. She is casually seeing Ian and becomes pregnant with twins. Ian moves them into a huge mansion that is completely run down and has a mysterious past. She befriends Paula, a doula who offers Katie help and takes advantage of her vulnerable state by quickly moving herself into the house and where she takes control much to the annoyance of Ian and Katies mother, who both feel that something is not quite right with Paula. In the other story, we are told a chilling tale of two twin sisters growing up in an abusive household which at times can be hard to read. As the story progresses, the two stories come together seamlessly and just when you think all is going to be revealed as you thought it was going to be, Ruth beautifully throws in a curveball with a twist to end all twists that took my breath away. The characters are extremely well developed and felt very real to me. Katie is a strong character but is vulnerable and overwhelmed and is an easy target for manipulation not only by Paula, but also Ian and both take advantage of this. Paula is a fascinating character. She has been brought to life beautifully and right from the start I had a feeling of unease around her. When Ian disappears and the babies are born, this feeling intensifies as her behaviour becomes more erratic. There is so much to her character and her backstory. I could not connect with Ian which is not a bad thing. There always has to be an unlikeable character for me and Ian fits the bill perfectly. He is unreliable and you just know there is something with him that is not right. I did like how I kept second guessing myself with him though. I enjoyed Ruth’s debut novel The Mother’s Mistake and I normally don’t like to compare, but with The Woman Upstairs I feel that Ruth has definitely grown as a writer and shows more confidence in the storytelling throughout the pages this time around. The writing is impeccable, fluid and engaging and it kept me enthralled. The tension built throughout, gave me many heart pounding moments and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it was all going to unfold and I was not disappointed. A great job has been done with this book. So I think you know the answer to this question but I’ll put it here anyway. Do I recommend this book? Um let me think about it……..YES I do! This is a brilliant read that will have you gripped from the start till the thrilling conclusion. Make sure you also read Ruth’s note at the end of the book which gives you a great insight as to how this story came about. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Ruth Heald for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Woman Upstairs which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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