BLOG BLITZ REVIEW – Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

Home Is Where The Nightmare Is
Beautiful double room to let to single person
Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, 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 undercover 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…
Did this room already claim one victim?
Is it about to take another?

Dreda Say Mitchell - Spare Room_coverA dark, chilling account of what happens when those who are meant to love and protect you, conspire against you, convincing themselves that it’s in your best interests. Throw in a manipulative narcissist who’s an expert at gaslighting and your problems are multiplied tenfold!

That’s the story of Lisa’s life, only she’s just about to find that out the hard way just how complicated it really is. When she moves into the spare room of Martha and Jack’s beautiful home it becomes almost immediately apparent that her friendly landlords might not be quite all that they appeared to be when she first met them. The first alarm bell starts to ring when she finds a suicide note hidden in the back of her bedside table – from someone who she’s told was never there in the first place! Martha and Jack insist that she is their very first tenant.

Following Lisa’s background of deep-seated psychological issues, and her current steady descent into overwrought paranoia, the reader might start to think that they too are losing their grip on reality.

Mitchell paces the action perfectly … not giving away too much at any given time, but just enough to keep you wanting more, and telling yourself ‘just one more chapter’. You think that the answers are just within your grasp, but they remain out of reach until that final reveal … and it’s astounding! Every detail of this book is skilfully, and oh, so artfully plotted.

The character development is smart and slick. The main protagonist, Lisa, is tragic but strong-willed enough to fight a determined battled once she’s figured out exactly where her focus needs to be. Her sociopathic rivals are evil incarnate – I assure you, you’ll get chills reading about their antics.

This is the definitive psychological thriller, with every element required for riveting reading. It thrills, it chills. It’s edgy and gripping and doesn’t stop for a second to let you catch your breath. You’ll be left breathless by the time you’ve raced to the end. It’s the perfect 5-star read!

About the Author:dreda say mitchell

Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, broadcaster, campaigner, and journalist. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row and Woman’s Hour and numerous others. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival. Dreda and Tony’s work is currently in development for TV. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.

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Thank you to Bloodhound Books for inviting me along on this blitz – it’s been a helluva ride! But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at what these fabulous bloggers are saying …

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