Spare Room

Home Is Where The Nightmare Is

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Pub Date 29 Jan 2019 | Archive Date 02 Feb 2019

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In this psychological thriller from the award-winning author of Trap Door, a young woman’s new home hangs on the brink of madness.

Lisa can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to uncover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth . . .

This room has already claimed one victim? Is it about to take another?

Praise for International Bestselling Author Dreda Say Mitchell and Her Work

“As good as it gets.” —Lee Child

“A truly original voice.” —Peter James

“Thrilling.” —Sunday Express Books of the Year

“Awesome tale from a talented writer.” —The Sun (UK)

“Fast-paced and full of twists and turns.” —Crime Scene Magazine

Dreda was awarded an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honors List

Spare Room will appeal to readers of domestic noir, as well as fans of authors like Cara Hunter, Lisa Jewell, B. A. Paris, and Rachel Abbott
In this psychological thriller from the award-winning author of Trap Door, a young woman’s new home hangs on the brink of madness.

Lisa can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent...

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This was such an excellent read, plot was brilliant and loved the characters. A story full of twists I couldn't put it down! I have never read any of this authors work before before I throughly enjoyed the style of writing and the pace of the story was spot on.
I had so much sympathy for Lisa and what she was going through. She just wants the truth.
The story does deal with the issue of suicide which some people might find upsetting.
I would highly recommend this book if you like a story that will keep you guessing throughout.

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Lisa needs a place to live and decides to rent a Spare Room in Martha and Jack's. When sinister things start happening and she finds a suicide note in her room of a mysterious man, she wants to get to the bottom of it.

When I start reading this book I just kept thinking "why doesn't she just move out?" but then bam the story makes sense. There are some twisted things that have happened in Lisa's life that she needs to remember and come to terms with. Great read.

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This book had me hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down.  It wasn't action packed but malice and mystery was to be found on every page, making this an addictive read.  

The main protagonist, Lisa, was so well written.  Deeply troubled and disturbed, it's difficult to know whether her issues are down to a condition or suppressed memories.  She's written in a way that takes you along a manic and paranoid ride through the book alongside her.  The story becomes quite frenzied and this cleverly puts you in the same frame of mind as Lisa.  It's so hard to know what is truly going on and what is fabricated.  This adds to the chill of the story.  Martha and Jack are so cleverly developed too, mysterious and malevolent or innocent?

The narrative gathers pace quickly and not one part of the book was unnecessary or seemed to dragged on.  Within the first few chapters it draws you in but leaves you hanging until the very end.  I spent a lot of the time trying to mentally note every little possible clue from the book and attempting to tie it all together.  I did guess the twist to some extent but the ending was well written and shocking despite this. 

An excellent and well written psychological thriller - Highly recommended.

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