Wednesday 9 August 2017

The Other Side Of The Wall by Andrea Mara

With huge thanks to Carmel and Poolbeg, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.....

Sylvia is on maternity leave from work and when she looks out her bedroom window at night and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races out into her neighbours garden but the pond is empty and no-one is answering the door. She wonders if these night feeds and her lack of sleep are getting to her, she quickly pulls back and with a local child missing she considers that this must be preying on her mind.  Then, a week later, she hears the sound of a man crying through her bedroom wall.

The man living next door, Sam, has recently moved in.  His wife and children are away for the summer as he's renovating the house but he joins them at the weekends.  Sylvia finds him friendly and helpful, yet she becomes increasingly uncomfortable about him.

Well, what can I say!??  I can't believe that this is Andrea's debut novel, it was brilliant.  Cleverly researched and well constructed.  Chapters are told in the year 2016 and past in 1984, full of twists and turns and by the end of it will have you questioning do we really know our neighbours?? I LOVED it and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Andrea produces next so no pressure!!! I can't really say too much in this review without spoiling it so all I can say is go and buy it, you won't be disappointed. Parts of this book made skin crawl but it definitely didn't disappoint. It was a spine-chilling , pulse pounding, heart thumping rollercoaster ride. It had a Norman Bates/Psycho feel to it. So grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea, a bar of chocolate and curl up on the couch with this but don't forget to lock all your windows and doors.

The Other Side of The Wall is available from all good bookstores and on Kindle and is currently £3.99 at the time of publication of this review.

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