Wishlist Wednesday:The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper

Posted 17 February, 2021 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Spotlights / 0 Comments

Wishlist Wednesday:The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper
Title: The Downstairs Neighbor
Author: Helen Cooper
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Date Published: 16 February, 2021
Pages: 384
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An addicting and twisty debut about an apartment building devastated by the disappearance of a teenage girl–and by the secrets that won’t be kept behind each closed door–that will thrill fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

One House. Three Families. Countless Secrets.

From her downstairs apartment in suburban London, Emma has often overheard the everyday life of the seemingly perfect family upstairs–Steph, Paul and teenage daughter Freya–but has never got to know them. Until one day, she hears something that seizes her attention: Freya has vanished and the police are questioning Steph and Paul about their life. Do either of you have any enemies? Anyone who might want to harm or threaten you?

The effects of Freya’s disappearance ripple outward, affecting not just her parents, but everyone who lives in the building, including Emma and local driving instructor Chris, who was the last person to see the teenager before she went missing. Each character’s life is thrown into sharp focus as devastating mistakes and long-held secrets are picked apart and other crimes come to light–including a child gone missing 25 years before, and a shocking murder–that make clear that the past never stays where we leave it, and that homes can be built on foundations of lies.

About Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper lives in Derby and is Head of Learning Enhancement at the University of Birmingham. She has a MA in Creative Writing and a background in teaching English and Academic Writing. Her creative writing has been published in Mslexia and Writers’ Forum; she was shortlisted in the Bath Short Story Prize in 2017, and came third in the Dahlia Short Story Prize 2018. The Downstairs Neighbor is her first novel.

She claims to be addicted to stationery and custard.

The Downstairs Neighbor is her first novel.

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