The Downstairs Neighbour

The Downstairs Neighbour

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Hardback Published on: 11/02/2021
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'The unrelenting tension of this well-crafted debut kept me whizzing through the book . . . I loved the tension, the secrets and the satisfying, unexpected conclusion' KL Slater

In a converted Georgian townhouse in south west London, three families live under one roof.

The large flat that takes up the top two floors is home to the Harlow family: happily married Paul and Steph, and their bubbly teenage daughter Freya. The smaller first floor flat is rented by Emma, who spends most of her time alone, listening to people coming in and out of the building. And the basement flat belongs to Chris, a local driving instructor, who prefers to keep his personal life private from the neighbours.

But their lives are all upended when Freya vanishes. As the police become involved and a frantic Paul and Steph desperately search for answers, they begin to realise that the truth behind their daughter's disappearance may lie closer to home than they were expecting.

When everyone has something to hide, can you ever really know those closest to you? Or will some secrets be taken to the grave?

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529330014
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 36 mm

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The Downstairs Neighbour
A gripping thriller with a complex plot!
I’d like to thank Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘The Downstairs Neighbour’ by Helen Cooper in exchange for my hone... READ MORE
Joan Clapham
The Downstairs Neighbour
A superb debut novel!
How well can anyone ever know their neighbours? “The Downstairs Neighbour” is the debut novel from Helen Cooper and what a fantastic first outing it is. T... READ MORE
A Mother’s Musings
The Downstairs Neighbour
Three families live in a converted Georgian townhouse: Paul, Steph and their teenage daughter Freya on the top floor, Emma on the middle floor, and driving... READ MORE
The Downstairs Neighbour
"Sometimes trouble is a lot closer to home than you first realise..."
Freya Harlow – vivacious, athletic, full of beans… and missing. Parents Paul & Steph are beside themselves, jumping straight into action to find her; conta... READ MORE
Christine Stanton
The Downstairs Neighbour
An Intriguing Thriller
In a converted Georgian townhouse in South West London, three families live under one roof. The large flat that takes up the top two floors is home to the ... READ MORE
Louise Wilson
The Downstairs Neighbour
Compelling read
Chris Watson, a driving instructor lives with partner Vicky in the basement flat and Emma Brighton on the ground floor and they are the downstairs neighbou... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Downstairs Neighbour
Dark and twisty
A tale of suburban intrigue: dark and haunting secrets conspire to confuse the reader. What has happened to Freya, where is she, who is involved in her dis... READ MORE
wendy flood
The Downstairs Neighbour
Teenager Freya is missing! What follows is a fast paced, well written debut novel that kept me reading well into the night. One house. Three sets of neig... READ MORE
The Downstairs Neighbour
A brilliant debut novel
This is a fantastic, gripping read, and I was amazed to find that it’s a debut novel. I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author. The story is ... READ MORE
The Downstairs Neighbour
A Clever Début
Helen Cooper's début novel is teeming with secrets and concealments. The story centres around a big Georgian house in Kingston-upon-Thames, south-west Lond... READ MORE
Bridget East
The Downstairs Neighbour
A gripping read!
I was captivated by The Neighbour Downstairs from start to finish. The different narrative voices, which put me in mind of Isabel Allende, the flashbacks, ... READ MORE
Valerie Baldwinson