‘Spare Room’ by Dreda Say Mitchell


Home Is Where The Nightmare Is

Beautiful double room to let to single person 

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to uncover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth…

This room has already claimed one victim?

Is it about to take another?


My Review

I have been a fan of Dreda Say Mitchell’s books for a fair while now.  I have read and loved every single book that she has released.  I read the synopsis for ‘Spare Room’ and it certainly intrigued me.  ‘Spare Room’ sounded just the kind of twisted and chilling read I like.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Spare Room’ but more about that in a bit.

I have to say that there was not one character that I took to but that’s not a bad thing.  There was just something about the characters who own the house that didn’t just ring one alarm bell, it set off a whole shop of alarm bells and then some.  I certainly didn’t trust them and I certainly wouldn’t have moved into their spare room.  In fact I would have been running off like hell in the opposite direction.

To say that this was a creepy read seems like a huge understatement.  I got a real sense of claustrophobia whilst reading this book.  I read this book whilst I was home along and I jumped out of my skin because of something I had read or if I had heard a noise.  That said I soon became addicted to reading the book, which means I must be a sadist or something.  The story begins in such a shocking way that ensures that this book is going to remain fresh in my mind for a long while to come.  After that I couldn’t put the book down.  I had to read on and on to see just how creepy the story became and what implications the creepiness was going to have on Lisa, who is looking to rent the room.  The pages seemed to turn increasingly quickly and at one point the pages were turning that quickly that the page numbers passed by in a blur.

Reading this book was much like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  I thought that I had figured out what was going to happen and to whom, only to realise that I had the wrong end of the stick entirely and the story took me down a completely different path.  To say that this book kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat, is an understatement.

‘Spare Room’ has a bit of everything within its pages.  There’s drama, suspense, intrigue and bucket loads of tension and I thoroughly enjoyed every single word of this well written, well plotted and downright creepy read.  Dreda Say Mitchell most certainly has another bestselling hit on her hands and I am sure that the book is going to be hugely successful.  I can’t wait to read what Dreda Say Mitchell comes up with next.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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