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The Girl Upstairs

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I was initially really intrigued by this and found the back and forth POV really entertaining, but as the book wore on it wore me down and I found some of the events a bit far fetched and didnt love the ending. I think this had a lot of potential and wasn't bad by any means, but didn't fully bring it home like I was hoping. I really liked the premise but found the main character to be wishy washy. I would have liked a bit more character development as well.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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If you're looking for a twisty thriller that will keep you hooked from start to finish, look no further. The Girl Upstairs is the one for you!
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This one had me hooked and kept me guessing until the end.  I really enjoyed this.  Would make a good tv drama.
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I really liked the main character and the plot was gripping. A great twist at the end, which I loved. It managed to bring lots of emotion and tension despite us never meeting Emily herself.
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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl Upstairs was a fun mystery to jump into. Even though things were definitely sad and depressing at times, the mystery was still lurking behind and around all of that. It also doesn't help that we have no idea what we can even trust because Suzie was so freaking unreliable. Honestly, I was dazed and confused with what was happening and had so many questions on top of that.

Now, of course, it seems kind of obvious that Suzie has gone through something traumatic. Or at least that's what I was hoping for since the girl was coping with alcohol a lot. Then there's a weird obsession with the upstairs neighbor that just intrigued me. Not sure how she knows so much about her because I know absolutely nothing about my neighbors. Unless you count how many times they slam their doors throughout the day? Spoiler, it's a high number.

Things step up, mystery wise, when she realizes that something is wrong when Emily's apartment is dead quiet. The twists and turns throughout this book were good. Some were a little predictable, but I didn't see them all coming. Still the slow burn of it all kept the pages turning and I just wanted to see how things were going to end.

Overall, this definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm so happy that I got the chance to jump into this book and can't wait for the next thriller Georgina writes!
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I found this book to be quite slow paced, not a twisty exciting thriller at all. I found the main character a bit irritating and the entire storyline was based on her feeling like she knew her noisy neighbour best and doing her own investigation. It all felt a bit ridiculous and far fetched. I also guessed the twist fairly early on so I was disappointed unfortunately.
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If you've ever lived in an apartment, or stayed in a hotel even, you have likely experience noisy neighbors at some point in time.  Such is Suzie's dilemma in Georgina Lees' debut novel The Girl Upstairs, a suspense thriller about a vibrant young woman who goes missing and the lonely, grief-stricken neighbor who attempts to find her.

Suzie can't say that she enjoys living in the apartment below Emily.  Emily's life is everything Suzie's is not - Emily is up all hours of the night, has a multitude of friends, and is known to throw some pretty wild parties.  Suzie can't help but keep track of Emily's every move because Emily is such a boisterous apartment tenant.  So when the hubbub in Emily's apartment suddenly stops, Suzie takes notice.  The only problem is she can't get the police to take her seriously.  Lost in her own grief after the death of her husband, Suzie launches an investigation into Emily's disappearance.  Can she find Emily before it's too late?  

The Girl Upstairs is a solid, albeit not entirely original, suspense thriller.  Very much a slow burn, this novel places a grieving widow in the role of amateur sleuth as she follows the trail of clues that will lead her to her missing neighbor.  If you like modern day mysteries featuring light detective work, The Girl Upstairs may be right up your alley.  As for me, this novel moved too slowly for my liking and ended in a way that was neither surprising or memorable.  The Girl Upstairs is pretty standard fare for a suspense novel - the story is decent, but it's all been done before.
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Oooo creepy one this, but very enjoyable!!! Loved it and had me guessing until the end. Really liked this even though I’ve read a lot of this genre, great book.
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A sad story of two women with little in common. It’s told from their view points and made me think of how grief can affect you. A really good read.
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It just wasn't realistic?? I normally like thrillers but not a fan of this one. It didn't have anything distinguishing it from other similar stories, either.
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Very slowly paced and one that I really struggled to finish, largely because of a complete lack of emotional connection to any of the characters, least of all Suzie, who was just very odd and annoying.
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The Girl Upstairs is twisty, unputdownable and has a huge jaw dropping plot twist near the end. Such a well written book that keeps you engrossed. Well worth adding to your to read list.
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My Heart! 

A page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end—THE GIRL UPSTAIRS, by Georgina Lees—I Highly Recommend It! 

‘I’ve been in London for over ten years now and I haven’t found a quiet place. I live in Angel, Islington… I’m on the ground floor of a two-story house and Emily is above me. She moved in over six months ago…’

‘Now she’s gone missing, and I’m the only one who can find her. The only one who can save her.’

Thank you, NetGalley and One More Chapter, for providing me with an eARC at the request of an honest review.
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I’ve had a neighbour from hell and it’s difficult. They’re a nightmare, even worse if you’re a female living alone. It’s got to be even worse when it’s Suzie’s situation where the annoyance is upstairs. So when the proverbial stone in the shoe disappears (so to speak), there has to be relief but also that curiosity of why will niggle.

I questioned how reliable Suzie was. There was something she kept hinting at in her narrative and I didn’t know what it was but it made me uneasy. Why did she hide herself away and was so reluctant to speak to her family? I needed to understand Suzie as she was my narrator, my guide in this mystery!

Delving into Emily’s life both through flashbacks and as Suzie played amateur detective showed a different side to this seemingly selfish neighbour. At times, I felt like an intruder into this young woman’s life but, like Suzie, I wanted to know what had made her disappear.

The Girl Upstairs is a tense unassuming thriller that held me captive for an intense read. I followed Suzie and Emily blindly as they led me through their complex emotional lives to one surprising climax! Lees’ debut is a brilliant read and I look forward to reading After The Party when it comes out next month!
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On the face of it, this should have been a fabulous read. It definitely had all the ingredients for it.

Emily lives upstairs and Suzie below her.
Suzie can hear everything, yes absolutely everything that happens upstairs, from visitors to her neighbor Emily using the toilet.
From her having sex to post dropping through her mailbox.
If she sneezes, Suzie hears it.

So things weren’t well between them. Plus they didn’t know each other well.

So why? Why, why, WHY does Suzie take it upon herself to want to find Emily when she goes missing?
If anything, when my horrible neighbors go out or don’t come back for a few days, I’m not worried, it’s sheer bliss. 

Seeing Suzie filed a complaint against her neighbor for excessive noise, wouldn’t you be relieved that she’s missing? 
I would…..breath…..sigh…enjoy it as long as it lasts. 

Nope. Suzie thinks she’s the only one to find her noisy neighbor who she dislikes!

To me, this didn’t make sense.

There was also mention of conflict between them both.
Where was that? 

The writing itself I enjoyed. I’m not sure if it’s the author or editor that let this premise down.

I’d still try another book by this author though. I’d like to see if another book will be more promising.

It’s a shame. It really does have potential as a great thriller.

Other may have enjoyed this and that’s good, just a thriller has to be realistic right?
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“The Girl Upstairs is a spine-tingling psychological thriller of grief and obsession that explores how lonely London can be and how sometimes it’s our neighbours who see us most, who know us best…

Hmmm…the story is filled with grief and obsession but my spine was not tingled, lol! The cover and book blurb is enticing. And when I saw it was “A must-read for fans of Lisa Jewell and Sarah Pinborough” I had to read it. She’s one of my favorite authors but I didn’t get any vibe of her writing style.   

Emily is the girl upstairs. Her life is a mess and now she is clashing with Suzie, the girl who occupies the flat beneath hers.
She’s loud and Suzie can hear more than she’s comfortable with. After a few heated conversations between the two, Emily disappears.

Suzie becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance and decides she’s the only one that can solve the mystery. She was overly obsessed and I quickly grew tired of her fixation. The story wasn’t my cup of tea!

Thank you to One More Chapter for providing this ARC through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.   

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Completely addictive!

I really was puzzled until about 2/3 of the way through when I realised we hadn’t met any other characters and I’d ruled everyone else out!

Definitely one I’ll be recommending.
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Suzie lives alone and likes the peace and quiet.   When a new neighbour, Emily moves into the flat upstairs, Suzie hears everything but rarely sees her.   When Emily starts making too much noise, she contacts the landlord, Mark to try to sort it out.

Then Emily goes missing and Mark starts acting strangely.  

Her family don't seem concerned and the police quickly scale down their investigations as she is a grown adult.   Suzie knows something has happened to her and tries to investigate herself from Emily's social media posts.

Can Suzie find enough evidence to convince the police that Emily has not run away.

If you can put aside the fact that Suzie seems able to question people by posing as Emily's sister without too much difficulty - this is a good story.     A few twists and turns that may keep you guessing just what did happen to Emily.
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Fantastic thriller from a debut author. Georgina Lees is now on my “must read” list.

I was hooked from the first few pages, and literally could not put it down. I found myself constantly trying to work out what was coming next but there were so many layers to the storyline it was impossible. I lost count of the number of times my jaw hit the floor! Definitely an “edge of your seat” thriller of a read and one that I would highly recommend. 

Many thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, and NetGalley for the review copy.
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The premise was extremely interesting, but the delivery was dull and impassionate. There was a disconnect between the book and me. No suspense or motive to the actions of the main character. A not so great read
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