I usually post my book reviews on a Sunday but as I’m (belatedly) taking part in the Blog Tour for The Stranger Upstairs by Melanie Raabe, you’re getting an extra review this week!
Unfortunately, I am a few days late with this post due to unforeseen work commitments so my stop on this Blog Tour was supposed to be on the 13TH September but better late than never!
I would like to thank Pan Macmillan, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Several years ago, your husband, and the father of your young son, disappeared. Since then, you’ve dreamed of his return; railed against him for leaving you alone; grieved for your marriage; and, finally, vowed to move on.
One morning, the phone rings. When you answer, a voice at the other end tells you your husband’s on a plane bound for home, and that you’ll see him tomorrow.
You’ve imagined this reunion countless times. Of course you have. But nothing has prepared you for the reality. For you realize you don’t know this man.
Because he isn’t your husband, he’s a complete stranger – and he’s coming home with you.
Even worse, he seems to know about something very bad you once did, something no one else could possibly know about . . . Could they?”
If you are a big fan of thrillers with a twist, then this is definitely the book for you.
The Stranger Upstairs may sound like a standard thriller from the synopsis, but it will surprise you like it did to me. Raabe stays faithful to the expected structure of a gripping thriller throughout the majority of the book but towards the end, the story started to transition into more of a romance. I don’t want to give too much away as the big reveal is definitely one you don’t see coming but Raabe brings something unique to the genre in this dramatic story.
The pacing of this story was quite slow which may put some people off, but I think it worked in Raabe’s favour in this case. The story takes place over the space of a few days so you are getting every action and emotion that Sarah goes through in minute detail. We think we know what’s going on the whole way through the book as we are getting both Sarah and the Strangers side of the story the entire time which is why when the plot twist is revealed, the reader is left so shocked. The one thing that let this novel down for me was the writing. This may have been down to the translation as this sometimes means that you lose an aspect of how the story is told.
Thank you again to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book and for Melanie Raabe for writing this interesting story. The Stranger Upstairs is out now and can be purchased here.
Thanks for reading! Do you like the sound of this book? Let me know in the comments below!