The Devil Upstairs – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
Rosemary’s Baby meets Ambrose Parry’s The Way of All Flesh in this macabre thriller – a devilishly brilliant allegory set in modern-day Edinburgh by the author of the highly acclaimed Dr Jekyll & Mr. Seek.
Cat Thomas relocates to Edinburgh, fleeing death threats related to her job as a fraud investigator in Florida. Her 18th-century Dean Village flat is utterly idyllic except for one thing…the devil upstairs.
Cat lies awake, delirious from lack of sleep, dreaming of ways in which to get rid of the utterly inconsiderate neighbour who keeps her awake every night with loud music and wild parties. Desperate for a solution she joins a work friend at a witches’ conclave and is blissfully surprised when the noise suddenly stops. 
But when the devil upstairs is found dead and Cat’s seemingly perfect man arrives in his place, the problems she thought were solved come back to haunt her in new and unexpected ways.
Impeccably plotted, intricately nuanced and shot through with darkly wicked humour, The Devil Upstairs perfectly captures the shadowy beauty and mystery of Edinburgh’s architecture, atmosphere and history, gibing literary voice to its world-renowned status as a “haunted” city.
Book Information:
By: Anthony O’Neill
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
Published by: Black&White Publishing
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My Review

The dark humour in this was perfection. This is the sort of horror I want, dark and wicked and full of brilliantly timed humour and equal parts terrifying. Cat was not the most lovable protagonist and that’s what makes this book so humorous, you understand where she’s coming from, we’ve all probably had a noisy neighbour or two and have wanted to just shut them up, but her situation also made me chuckle.

I couldn’t imagine being as patient as Cat and I loved that she always tried to think things through, even when she was close to snapping with her horrible neighbour, she was all sense and respectability in a lot of ways.

But even a saint has their breaking point and though this shouldn’t be taken as a honest look into witches -or their pagan faith- this should be taken as a hilarious twist to a witches’ conclave set in the perfect atmosphere of Scotland. Also, satanism wasn’t portrayed as stereotypically as one might think when hearing a horror book contains it. That impressed me.

[I may also be the smallest bit biased in loving most books set in Edinburgh.]

It’s spooky and scary though too, not just humor. You do begin to feel for Cat, you sense she’s running out of time and she’s no closer to saving herself. So can Cat be saved? And what does she need saving from?

The ending was another point of perfection for me and answers all questions necessary to feel closure but still left a lot open to the imagination, striking the perfect balance.

If you’re looking for a thrillingly spooky fall read in time for Halloween, this is another recommendation from me! Four big cups of coffee from this reader.

Thank you to BW publishing for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

 

About the Author

Anthony O’Neill was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek, his sequel to Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde; Scheherazade, an Arabian Nights homage; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror; The Empire of Eternity, a history-mystery involving Napoleon and Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon. Film rights to The Dark Side have been sold to 20th Century Fox.

 

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Thriller Thursday

Today I feel like talking about this mystery book I read last month that’s the start of a new series.

…Close enough to a thriller, hush you judgy one in the back, yes you.

Anyway, here we go!

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Harriet Gordon stumbles into a murderous web of stolen gems and cutthroat thieves as she runs from her tragic past in an enthralling new historical mystery series set in early twentieth century Singapore.

Singapore 1910–Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold–explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers’ Club–dead with a knife in his throat.

When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society.

When a second body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a complex web of stolen gemstones and a mysterious gang of thieves who have no qualms about killing again to protect their secrets.

I loved the ‘vibe’ to this book especially the historical setting that Stuart used, it really felt as if you were in Singapore in 1910. There were some issues for me as far as the fact that I would have loved to get to know Harriet more, and I didn’t quite like the interactions between her and Curran when they seemed to go beyond a certain level of their acquaintance. I think it made me a tad uncomfortable considering Curran’s situation. I did love the sibling relationship between Harriet and Julian and would love to know more about both of them.

Though this is set in Singapore the main characters are part of the Anglo community residing there at the time, and the other colonials and some natives they interact with. Singapore was a melting pot long before the US and I liked that this did make sure to hint at that.

I also enjoyed Will Lawson and his part in the book, I think he was perhaps my favorite character over all, and Harriet and Maddocks after him.

The mystery part of it all was my favorite and I thought Stuart did a great job with it and so much so that I certainly look forward to reading the next on.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. **I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion @PRHGlobal **

I’m not just here to bring you another review though, that doesn’t seem fair, so let’s talk about your favorite mystery/thriller series, have you read this one? And are you looking forward to any new series coming up?

And gear up, because I have some great thrillers to share with you all in a few weeks, it’s a series that I completely adore now and just think it’s brilliant.

Aside from reading Thrillers and Mysteries I’m also addicted to watching them, currently, I’m watching the last season of Jonathan Creek, I enjoyed the movie but didn’t realize there were more episodes so like, it’s an early Christmas for me lol.

Also tomorrow I’ll be reviewing this political thriller:

 

And in September I’ll be reading this thriller, a neighbor willing to bargain with the Devil to get some peace and quiet [We’ve all been there, amiright?]