The Houseshare – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Houseshare

Author:- Carla Kovach

Date published:- will be published on August 16th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 291 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

Her perfect new start just became her biggest nightmare…

Opening the door to her new home, Libby can’t believe she can afford such a beautiful place. As her new landlord follows her into the bright, open living room, watching her every more, she feels so lucky she spotted the ad online.

‘You’re just the tenant I’ve been looking for,’ the landlord tells her as he drops the keys into her hand. Libby smiles as she unpacks her small suitcase and thinks about the troubled life she has just walked out on.

Days later, Libby is woken by the sound of her neighbours arguing through the wall. As she listens to their angry words, she swears she hears her name mentioned. Why would they be talking about her?

As the weeks pass, Libby can’t help but feel that someone is watching her and when she hears that the last girl who rented her apartment before her vanished without trace, she starts to double lock her door every night. Then she finds a handwritten message in her apartment telling her she’s in danger, and her new home no longer feels like the safe haven it once was. Did someone from Libby’s past follow her here? And just how safe is she behind closed doors?

If you love gripping psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and Mark Edwards’s Here to Stay, you’ll be blown away by The Houseshare. Addictive, tense and with an ending you won’t see coming, you’ll be up all night turning the pages.

This was actually a gripping psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge!

Libby moves to a new apartment and it was too good to be true for her. She wanted to start a brand new life after she caught her ex cheating on her. Trying to get away from her obsessed ex and wanting to start a new life, Libby moved into this new apartment she came across on the ad. However, her newfound happiness turns into a nightmare when someone doesn’t really want her in the apartment. Meanwhile, Ricardo, after his wife’s death comes to Birmingham to look for his estranged daughter Bettina who used to live in Libby’s apartment and has disappeared without a trace.

The plot of the story was really good and the author’s writing style clearly made the reader feel like they are on the edge! It felt like I was watching a good mystery movie on the TV. The story is fast paced, which is a plus sign for a good thriller with so many twists and turns. Bettina’s disappearance was what actually drew me into the story, as I really want to know what really happened to her. However, towards the end, it became a bit predictable which actually lowered my rating to a four-star and didn’t really understand the motivation behind the crime either, but nonetheless, this was a gripping and satisfying thriller that will keep you hooked into the story from the beginning till the end. So if you are looking for a nail biting thriller with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge with the reminiscence of Norman Bates Psycho movie, this book is one for you–worth four stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines, and romantic comedy ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screen plays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area

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