The Girl on the Stairs
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What to expect
Jane Logan is six months pregnant and has moved to Berlin to live with her long-term lover, rich banker, Petra. The women’s chic new apartment is in a trendy part of the city but Jane finds herself increasingly uneasy there. She conceives a dread of the derelict backhouse across the courtyard and begins to suspect something sinister is happening in the flat next door, where gynaecologist Alban Mann lives with his teenage daughter Anna. Petra believes her lover’s pregnancy is affecting her judgement, but Jane is increasingly convinced that all is not well. Her decision to turn detective has devastating results when her own past collides with the past of the building and its inhabitants.
A haunting, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of The Cutting Room.
Louise Welsh’s taut new novel at times feels like a potent cross between The Yellow Wallpaper and Rear Window . . . Welsh expertly conveys the escalation of Jane’s suspicions to something approaching obsessionObserver
‘An impressive psychological chiller’Sunday Telegraph
‘Sharply rendered . . . The reader’s anxiety is heightened by a myriad of small tensions . . . Welsh keeps the reader turning to pursue the multiple stories threading through the pages . . . The writing of crime fiction is, after all, a sort of conjuring trick played on the reader, a welcome deception. Welsh has developed flashing fingers with cards, rabbits and hats’Independent
Builds up atmosphere admirablySunday Times
Brilliantly atmospheric, the tension builds until you are chilled to the coreGood Housekeeping
A taut narrative that plays with our sense of what’s real. BrilliantRed