The Heights by Louise Candlish #review

Book cover of The Heights - Louise Candlish

Title: The Heights
Author: Louise Candlish
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK


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 Shad Thames, 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.

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My Review:

The Heights is another great novel from an author whose books I know I’ll always enjoy – Louise Candlish. This is a really interesting premise: one day, at a client’s apartment, Ellen sees a man she thought had died years ago – someone she thought she’d killed – at the top of a building called The Heights.

The book then switches backwards and forwards in time as we witness the lead up to the man’s death, ‘back then’, as well as seeing Ellen in the present day as she deals with this heart-stopping discovery.

I was completely intrigued as I started this novel – I wanted to discover why she was so determined to get rid of this person, and soon it becomes clear. But what we don’t know is how on earth this man is still alive today! And that’s the story the reader is taken on.

The Heights is not your average fast-paced thriller but more of a slow burn, building in intensity as we learn more about Ellen’s relationship with the person she thought was dead, and with the rest of her family.

I felt that impending sense of doom as I read about how her son Luke changed and I could completely understand why Ellen was so desperate to take action – though I like to think I wouldn’t go that far myself! ????

There are twists and shocks along the way, and I loved the way we got to experience the story from Ellen’s ex-husband’s perspective too.


Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster UK, for providing a copy of this novel on which I wrote an honest review.


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