The Upstairs Room
'An incredible read. Clever, chilling, I couldn't put it down' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
In Kate Murray-Browne's debut, Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves to the limit to buy the perfect home. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and she is convinced it is making her ill. Their two young daughters are restless and unsettled. Richard, on the other hand, is more preoccupied with Zoe, their alluring young lodger, who is also struggling to feel at home.
As Eleanor's symptoms intensify, she becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the family who lived in the house before them. Who were the Ashworths, and why is the name Emily written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room?
Beautifully written and impossibly to put down, The Upstairs Room is a startling contemporary ghost story and a novel about memory, loneliness, desire and love - the things that haunt us all.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The feeling that you’re not safe in your own home is the foundation of many great ghost stories. Kate Murray-Browne’s debut gives the trope a satisfyingly contemporary twist. She expertly conjures an insidious sense of dread and claustrophobia as married couple Eleanor and Richard’s dream home begins to resemble a nightmare. Focusing on the lead characters’ personal lives, this chilling pageturner delivers an intriguing study of the pressures of modern living.
Really recommend this book. Could really relate to the relationships between each character. Couldn’t put it down! Hope Kate writes more!
Wonderful read, I literally couldn't put it down. I really felt as if I were living with the characters, feeling their presence, engrossed in their lives. Fantastic book!