The Heights By Louise Candlish

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Book/Novel Author: Louise Candlish

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“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 The author of the “masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner” (The Guardian) Our House takes you on a haunting and nail-biting journey of tragedy and revenge.The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among warehouses in London. Its roof terrace is 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 may be older now, but it’s definitely him. But that can’t be because he’s been dead for over two years. You know this for a fact. Because you’re the one who killed him. With Louise Candlish’s signature dark and twisty prose, The Heights shows “the ferocity of maternal love” (Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You). “This cleverly constructed novel will keep readers enthralled until the last page” (Publishers Weekly, starred).
Wanted to like the book, but couldn’t. Revenge for her son’s death was understandable but the writing left me feeling weird. Too many POVs with repetitive lines, and the prose was too long and slow. I couldn’t find myself engaged into the story.
Louise Candlish uses a clever device to open this story. The reader is thrust into a creative writer’s workshop being described by a Times magazine writer. So, there is a writer describing the Uber writer who is leading the session and reading a chapter of one of his student’s work. Writer, writer, writer – get it? It is all about the writing.Where do we start – with the setting, and then the characters, and then all the flaws and emotions, the rage, the hate and the never ending obsession. Unfortunately the hate and obsession overshadow everything and permeate every page of this very well written psychological tale. Lots to learn, much information is imparted; “high place phenomenon “, “Motiveless malignancy”. Anyway, the writing is superb, the vocabulary excellent, the story is strong and believable but the constant hammering on the hate and obsession diminished the sum total for me. I am giving high marks for the writing.Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a copy.
I’ve always enjoyed her books in the past but this one was a huge disappointment. I was determined to finish it but it kept getting longer and longer.
Louise Candlish is my new favorite author!! Like her other books, this one held me at the edge of my seat all the way through to the final gut punch ending that knocked me to the floor!!!!

I’m not typically onto “slow burn” thrillers but the pacing on this one, while slow, was enough to keep me interested.The story is about a mother, Ellen and her efforts to seek revenge against Kieran for the murder of her son, Lucas. She’s always felt that justice did not prevail following her son’s death. Kieran deserves to die for killing her son. The thing is, Ellen hated Kieran long before her son’s death, she instantly hated him from the moment she 1st saw him and wanted her son to stay far away from him.Just a heads up, pretty much all of the characters are unlikable.The story is good and I recommend checking it out. I think this would also make a decent movie.

 

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