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The Woman Downstairs by Elisabeth Carpenter

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Orion
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

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 Thoughts

Sarah doesn’t have an exciting life, but her routine will be broken when a dead body is discovered in the flat below her… Her journalist instincts will make her question who was the victim and how is it possible that no one missed the body for two years…
On the other hand we have Laura, a young woman who has decided to start working in a new job, something out of her comfort zone and that is not sure it will give her any happiness… Ready to discover The Woman Downstairs?
This had been a slow paced story, the story between the two characters is interesting and intriguing; it makes you wonder what do we really know from the persons we love and how much we trust them. Laura has not had an easy childhood and she has just lost her father, but she has never had an easy life… maybe now it will be her turn to find happiness? Sarah finds surprising that someone passed away without anyone noticing it, how is it possible? No friends? No family? And do they die by natural causes or something much darker?
As the story unfolds we will discover that there’s something twisted on the story, because Sarah can not stop digging to discover the truth and Laura will start receiving some curious messages at her work… Does everyone have a secret agenda or do they both have bad luck?
This is a slow-paced psychological thriller, but there are so many emotions involved in the story that it’s quite difficult to only point to one; a reminder that all the successes that happen during our life mark us forever, childhood, parents, love, friendship… But at the same time, depending on each person it will affect one way or other, changing our life completely.
The Woman Downstairs will intrigue you, surprise you and break a little piece of your heart, because we all are The Woman Downstairs one moment or other in our life…

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 2008.
Elisabeth was awarded a Northern Writers’ New Fiction award, and was longlisted for 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.