I have got through another incredible Advance Reader Copy – this time by Lesley Sanderson, The Woman at 46 Heath Street.
It’s available for preorder NOW on Amazon – with a release date at the end of this month, 28th March 2019.
The Woman at 46 Heath Street by Lesley Sanderson
Genre: Suspense, Psychological Thriller
BUG Rating: 4/5
Overall: A slowish start – but you will see, the build up, the finer details, are all incredibly important, and worth it. This book is amazing. The plot focuses around the lovely little house at 46 Heath Street and the women that live/have lived in it. I was surprised by this book, very surprised, and in a good way. Lesley’s writing was exciting and captivating. I was hungry for more. I loved what this book was really all about, for me, it’s about love, a man’s obsession to keep his wife all to himself, it’s about domestic abuse, both mental and physical, and it’s about secrets … dark secrets that take place behind closed doors. If you want an utterly gripping, haunting and riveting read, you will not be disappointed, this book is for you!
As you sow, so shall you reap.
The last letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor.
Your husband is having an affair.
Six words written in neat block letters.
Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.
But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.
Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street…
I have to start by saying, I loved this book! But… it is the kind of book that’s difficult to go into too much of the detail without revealing the whole thing.
As you can guess by the title, the story is centred around 46 Heath Street, a lovely little house in a quiet street, in a sought after area.
The story begins, told from Ella’s point of view, in present day. Ella’s life is destroyed by the devastating news that her husband is having an affair … but is he really?
The chapters alternate between several view points: Ella and friend Alice, both in present day, and another woman, in the 1970s. I loved how effortlessly I was able to dive between past and present, something which normally leaves me confused, but not with Lesley’s writing style. It was just perfect.
We can’t help but love and feel connected to the characters in this book. We learn a great deal about all of them. Each of their stories are so very carefully crafted in order to give us snippets of information to build up a picture (and outcome) in our minds. Ella is a key main character, she lacks self confidence perhaps linked into her upbringing – abandoned by her mother at the age of 6 and foster homes she endured, she never truly felt at home anywhere, until 46 Heath Street. Ella is attached to the house, it was her first proper home. And now, everything is at stake.
Then there is the lady who lives at 46 Heath Street in the 1970s, who’s life is no life, and is repeatedly abused by her husband.
And finally, there is is Alice, Ella’s friend from Yoga. The question looms throughout the book, from the first time we meet her – what is she up to? Alice’s recounts definitely create the most suspense. I was just dying to know what was going on – which is what made this book such a page turner. I literally could not put it down.
Honestly, when I first started this book, I felt, meh, I am not sure I am going to like this, nothing much is happening … but I get it now. Painting the scene was crucial to understanding how the stories linked. You also might, like me, think this book is a traditional thriller. You couldn’t be further from the truth, and be prepared, this book will haunt you. Firstly and foremost, the book is about love, it’s also about obsession, domestic and mental abuse, and the gruesome secrets that can (and do in today’s world) happen behind closed doors. This book tormented me. It’s dark, very dark at times, and it’s sad. I found myself very emotional in parts of this. If you want an absolutely amazing read, that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, all whilst having you gripping the edge of your seat. Then you MUST pick this up.
I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley / Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own.