I received an E-ARC copy of ‘The Girl Upstairs’ by Georgina Lees through NetGalley from One More Chapter, in return for my honest review. Thank you to the publisher for my copy. The expected publishing date is 09.12.21.
This book follows Suzie, who lives on the ground floor of a two-storey house in London.
Upstairs lives a young woman called Emily. Emily moved in six months ago and since she has arrived Suzie has got to know her routine, as being in the flat below she can hear all her movements. Suzie is irritated by the sound of Emily’s high heels, the loud music and untidiness in the hallway.
Suddenly Emily goes quiet and on further inspection Suzie calls the landlord as she has an unsettling feeling. Although they hardly know each other this still leaves an impression on Suzie.
Where has Emily gone? Is she Ok?
Suzie has her own heartache she is dealing with and with Emily missing and no one else seeming worried, she takes it upon herself to try and solve the mystery herself.
What heartache is pushing Suzie? Will she find Emily?
This book is mainly narrated by Suzie but towards the middle you hear from Emily too and her past leading up to her disappearance. This helps to unravel the storyline and for things to fall into place.
I found this book a bit slow up to the last third, it still grabbed my attention as this meant it took longer to find out the secrets behind the mystery. The ending is definitely worth the wait, and I was glad I kept reading.
This is a book that changes your opinion of the characters the more you read, showing that first impressions are not always what they seem.
Overall, a slow unravelling psychological thriller which poses the question how far would you go to help a stranger?