Publication: 15th October 2020 – Boldwood Books
The perfect life? …Or the perfect lie?
When Regi moves into her new house share, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity…
Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media.
But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a price…
A gripping psychological suspense from the international bestselling author of The Daughter In Law. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, K L Slater and Jackie Kabler.
Delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The House Mate, the gripping new novel by Nina Manning.
The story is told from two perspectives. On the one hand, Regi is a woman in her thirties who suffers from OCD and with a past she wants to forget. She is trying to start over, attending classes at university and sharing a house with younger girls. On the other hand, a young woman with a complicated and abusive relationship with an older boyfriend she can’t leave. How are the two women connected?
I loved how the author slowly unravels pieces of information, leaving me wondering what would happen next. The plot is well-constructed and well-written, full of twists, some of which I managed to figure out, some that I didn’t see coming and when the truth is fully revealed, it took me completely by surprise.
Regi is a relatable and authentic character. Her OCD, her obsession not only with the little boy living next door, but also with an Instagram account, and her mysterious past keep the tension high and the reader on their toes. I was really curious about her past wondering what happened to her? And who is she hiding from? The answers… another surprise!
I was intrigued by the blurb of The House Mate and, after finished reading it, I can honestly say that it lived up my expectations. It is dark and thrilling and the more I read, the more I couldn’t put it down. It is a fantastic psychological thriller to enjoy this Halloween!
A huge thank you to Rachel and Boldwood Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.
Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.
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