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Description - The Heights: The new edge-of-your-seat thriller from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish


'Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down... this is an author at the top of her game' Erin Kelly, author of Watch Her Fall

He thinks he's safe up there.
But he'll never be safe from you.

The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn't know it existed if you weren't standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that's when you see a man up there - a man you'd recognize anywhere. He's older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it's definitely him.

Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.

You know this for a fact.

Because you're the one who killed him.

'There's nothing quite so chilling as the roar of mother tiger love. Louise Candlish had my heart in my throat. Dizzily dark. Dangerous. Deadly' Jane Corry, author of The Lies We Tell

'No one creates middle-class characters we love to hate quite like Louise Candlish. I'd expected her to do this, and to provide a great sense of place, and twists that would have been rifling through the book to see how they'd been done. What I wasn't expecting was that this thriller of obsessive revenge and intense parental grief would tug at my heartstrings. Smart, addictive, twisting, surprising. Highly recommended' Sarah Vaughan, author of Little Disasters

'It twists and it turns and it twists again. The Heights by Louise Candlish is the very definition of a "just one more chapter" novel. I devoured it. And it's full of such great writing about the ferocity of maternal love' Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You

Praise for Louise Candlish:

'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware

'Louise is the mistress of the "Oh my God, this could be me" nightmare' Fiona Barton

'The queen of the urban thriller returns' Red

'Louise Candlish just gets better and better' Lisa Jewell

'Stylish, suspenseful and absorbing' Best

'Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister' AJ Finn

'You won't want to put down this roller coaster read!' Closer

'A gripping read with a brilliant first-person narrative. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's so good!' BA Paris

'Not only is Candlish a terrific storyteller, she has the gift of making you care about unlikable characters' Guardian

'A must read!' Lucy Foley

?'Gripping from start to finish' Bella

'I couldn't put it down!' Shari Lapena

'The layers of plot astound' Sunday Times Crime Club

'An instant classic' Mark Edwards

'A chillingly addictive and glamorous thriller' Sunday Post

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781471183492
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2021
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: The Heights: The new edge-of-your-seat thriller from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish - Reviewed by (05 Jun 2021)

The Heights is a compelling read, leaving the reader guessing right up to the final page. Louise Candlish cleverly uses both multiple perspectives and a shifting timeline to withhold critical information, keeping us constantly questioning what is real, what is supposition and where our sympathies should lie. The main narrative is occasionally punctuated with excerpts from a Sunday Times Magazine article by journalist Michaela Ross, a perspective that the reader is invited to accept as an objective commentary on the characters and events upon which the book focusses. Part 1 of the book is told in the form of a manuscript written by Ellen Saint, recovering from a tragedy suffered by her family, the precise nature of which is unclear until sometime later. As the story opens, Ellen, a lighting designer, is consulting with a client in Shad Thames when she's shocked to spot Kieran Watts, a one-time friend of her son Lucas, standing on a nearby roof terrace. Ellen had believed Kieran dead, and, as she shockingly confides, by her own hand - so how is he still alive two years later? We learn from Ellen's perspective of Lucas's burgeoning friendship with Kieran during his sixth form year, and Lucas's concurrent descent from high-achieving student to a recreational drug user exhibiting problematic behaviour and failing to live up to his own potential and his parents' expectations of him. A tragedy when Lucas is aged nineteen solidifies Ellen's hatred of Kieran, her blame for what has happened to Lucas focussed entirely on him. In Part 2, the perspective shifts to Lucas's father, Vic Gordon, Ellen's former partner. While the fundamental events remain constant, Vic's story leads us to begin questioning Ellen's perceptions and her actions towards Kieran. Part 3 takes us back to the story from Ellen's perspective, as events hurdle towards a dramatic present day (2019) denouement on Kieran's luxury penthouse terrace. I found The Heights an intelligent and engrossing psychological mystery. I sometimes find multi-perspective and/or shifting-timeframe novels difficult to follow, but Louise Candlish uses these mechanisms skilfully and effectively to build and maintain the tension in her narrative. Ellen is a character who draws the reader's sympathies, even as we begin to question her perceptions. In Candlish's hands, her emotional turmoil is palpable and her extreme behaviour at least understandable, if not necessarily condoned. Similarly, we genuinely feel for Vic, who's trying to manage Ellen's reactions in addition to dealing with his own experience of helplessness and loss. The supporting characters, in the shape of Ellen's husband Justin and their teenaged daughter Freya, are also well-developed as they play their own rolls in the unfolding drama. I have no hesitation in recommending The Heights to any and all readers who enjoy finely-crafted psychological thrillers and/or domestic dramas. My thanks to the author, Louise Candlish, publisher Simon & Schuster Australia and Simon & Schuster UK, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.

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