Book Review: The Heights by Louise Candlish

“He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you.”

Published in 2021, The Heights by Louise Candlish follows grieving Ellen who looks up at The Heights, a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Shad Thames, when she sees man up on the roof terrace – a man she’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 he’s been dead for over two years. Ellen knows this for a fact. Because Ellen’s the one who killed him.

Rating:

Gripping from the synopsis until the final page, The Heights is a fast-paced and intriguing thriller that will instantly grab your attention and then constantly have you questioning everything that you read.

Ellen is such a compelling lead as your heart breaks for her situation. But is she a reliable narrator? Are her actions justifiable? Or has her grief turned to obsession, sending her over the edge?

Candlish is a brilliant writer and has crafted such strong characters who really draw you into their situation. The Heights is twisty and compulsive, and I had such a fun time trying to figure it all out. And while I did guess one thing towards the end, the final twist comes as a very satisfying surprise.

This was my first book by Candlish and I’m so excited to read Our House next, ready for the upcoming ITV adaptation.

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