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The Woman Upstairs

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  107 reviews
You’d be lost without her…

She’s the shoulder you cry on when the father of your children disappears.

She’s the person you turn to when he comes back, begging for forgiveness.

She’s by your side when you discover his guilty secrets.

She helps rock your babies to sleep when they cry.

She’s your friend when you have no one else.

She’s the woman upstairs, whose feet you hear
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Bookouture
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Katie B
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

It's always nice when you can enjoy a book even when it contains elements that normally annoy you. Now, I wouldn't say the story is super shocking and the main character is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but somehow it all worked and held my interest.

Katie is pregnant with twin girls and is nervous about becoming a mother. She's been struggling enough just taking care of herself so when her boyfriend, Ian, asks her to move in with him into a renovated home, she accepts the offer.
An easy to read thriller which, although not perfect, has its gripping moments. Initially, it is a bit loose in terms of the plot but midway it all starts coming together nicely and maintains the momentum till the end. Katie, the pregnant lead does come off as very naive and gullible but you can't blame her for being unsure about her own mind when she gradually comes to realise that everyone around her has been lying or keeping secrets from her.

Also, I received this book from Netgally titled as
Louise Wilson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katie is expecting twins with her wealthy boyfriend Ian. He loves her I to one of his properties in an affluent area. Katie is looking forward to being a mother. She meets Paula, a local doula, in the cafe across the street from where she lives. Paula offers Katie some help. Ian is often away on business trips. Soon after Katie moves into the house, strange things start happening. She soon finds out that things are not what she expected them to be.

Katie is quite a naive person. It could be the
Eve (Between The Bookends)
description This one was just an OK read. I struggled to stay engaged throughout the story. I couldn't stand Katie (at all). To say she was a dim bulb would be an understatement. In fact, there weren't really ANY likable characters in this book. The twist was decent though, so that alone earned the book an extra star.



Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It all started at the very beginning when this talented author said - Let me take you down the rickety pathway of no return where the thrill would overwhelm you and make you so addicted that you will never want to come out of the book. What she didn't tell me was that how much I would react to the story and the characters. Read on!!

Katie, an innocent and naive first time mother, was pregnant with twins. Her partner Ian was thrilled and asked her to move into a house he had bought. Only problem
Samantha Gonsalves
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I tried very hard to find two positive adjectives that can best describe what I feel about this book - sadly I came up with nothing. This is the story of a woman who is a train-wreck-waiting-to-happen.

When Katie finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she doesn't know what to do or who to turn to. Luckily for her, her partner Ian is happy about the pregnancy. Their joy is doubled when they discover they're having twins! Soon Ian asks Katie to move into a house with him. Katie is beyond excited to
WOW! Still reeling from the moment I read the final chapter, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Ruth Heald is a book I devoured easily in just over 24 hours. It is addictive, unputdownable and oh so twisted. Ruth had me hooked from the beginning that I quickly became invested in the lives of Katie and her twins.

Throughout the story there is an undercurrent of danger with a real sense of foreboding that had me waiting with baited breath wondering what was going to come next. And as readers, although we know
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
When all seems lost, pregnant-with-twins Katie thinks she has found the perfect helpmate in Paula. After the girls are born, Katie's world comes crashing down and Paula is there providing care and support for all 3 of them. But there's something not quite right in the house and soon Katie feels that she no longer has any control over her life and her little babies. NO SPOILERS.

The narrative unfolds between flashbacks and present day making the plot twists easy to anticipate. As the story in
Melissa Borsey
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is so much craziness going on in this book, it was hard to stop reading. Katie has just started a relationship with Ian when she discovers that she's pregnant with twins. At first it seems like all will work out wonderfully for her, but Ian is not all that he says he is and when Katie meets a doula by the name of Paula, Katie thinks she has all the help she needs, but Paula isn't all that she claims to be either. A good, wild ride. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Katie and Ian are going be parents of twins. They are not quite ready but they make all the right moves to get ready for their babies. For starters, Ian moves them into a new home. Katie knows that they are not financially ready, but Ian's job makes this possible, and so she goes along with it.

However, when Katie arrives, things are not quite right. They are not right at all, and Ian is nowhere to be found. Fortunately for Katie - at least she thinks so - she meets a woman named Paula who
Julie Lacey
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow that was a real heart pounding end to a book.
Unusual to start talking about the end of the book first but as I’m not going to be able to say too much about the plot, I decided to go for it.
This is a fantastic psychological thriller that will make you want to shout aloud at Katie to make her see what’s happening.
One of the characters made my blood boil so much and I still haven’t got over what they did.
If you want a highly addictive read then this is for you as I literally couldn’t put it
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Books often remind me to be grateful for the quiet life I am living. The Woman Upstairs definitely sent me a reminder of what I really don’t want my life to turn into!!!

The novel tackles relationships through different angles. A couple. A mother-daughter. Sisters. Strangers. STRANGER DANGER! You think it’s only for kids, don’t you? Well, us adults (or tall human beings pretending to be adults) should remember this one.

Katie’s life is changing faster than she can cope with. An unplanned pregnancy
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Woman Upstairs, originally titled as “Your Guilty Lies” did indeed grip me and keep me engaged till the end with twists and turns, but I must say I am in two minds about this book.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know what to make of this book, whether I loved it or felt it a bit anticlimactic.
This book does have some quite gripping, engaging moments throughout that had me boring into the pages wanting to get down to the bottom of it, but I found the plot a bit repetitive going back and
Emma Shaw
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I devoured this unputdownable novel in under a day. The author had me hooked and I was quickly invested in the lives of Katie and her twins. I was up until the early hours of the morning, unable to stop reading until I knew how things worked out for them.

This is a book full of twists and it seemed every time I caught my breath from one twist another was revealed. There was an undercurrent of danger and foreboding that had me on tenterhooks the whole time, and the unreliable characters meant I
Emma Shaw
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this unputdownable novel in under a day. The author had me hooked and I was quickly invested in the lives of Katie and her twins. I was up until the early hours of the morning, unable to stop reading until I knew how things worked out for them.

This is a book full of twists and it seemed every time I caught my breath from one twist another was revealed. There was an undercurrent of danger and foreboding that had me on tenterhooks the whole time, and the unreliable characters meant I
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The Women Upstairs, the second novel by Ruth Heald is one cracker of a read. It is captivating, creepy as hell, disturbing, full of twists and turns and I absolutely loved it! As the blurb states “prepared to be kept up way past your bedtime as you race through this addictive page-turner.” This could not be more true. I was like superglue stuck to the pages racing through it as I could not get enough. I was torn wanting to savour it but also wanting to know how it was all going to unfold.

Lee Husemann
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a thriller that is both creepy and scary, this is it. I was captivated and enthralled by this book from the very first page until the very last page. There were times I had to put the book down because I was afraid to find out what was going to happen. Katie and Ian are in a casual relationship when she discovers she is pregnant with twin girls. Ian is thrilled and has her move into an old Victorian mansion which was supposed to be renovated but it wasn't. He puts Katie up ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Adele Shea
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book that keeps you on your feet.
Melissa In The City
I couldn't stop guessing where this was going and my kindle might have a dent from my "page turning" so fast.
Brilliantly written. Tragically psycho. Twistedly evil.
The author detailed the scenery so picture perfect that I felt like I was there.
I loved this as much as I loved "The Mother's Mistake" by Ruth Heald. I also really enjoyed the author's note at the end of the book.
Thank you #Netgalley, the author and the publisher #Bookouture for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ugh!!! This book was LITERALLY painful to read! The main character was brainless, and beyond pathetic. And it was just ripe with inaccuracies. The author clearly knew nothing about twins. (Yes I have them but even prior to birthing a set I knew more) All the times the mother just “picked up her twins.” Umm do you know how hard that is to do? You don’t just “pick up two babies at the same time and snuggle them for a minute.” Least of all while they’re sleeping. And then the reference about ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie is surprised when she finds out that she's pregnant...and she's even more surprised when she finds out she's having twin girls. Despite the surprise, her boyfriend, Ian, is supportive of her and is eager to start their family. They're all set to live in a huge house purchased by Ian's property developing company and, after a rough start when the house turns out to be in subpar condition, Katie is excited for the birth of her daughters. When everything starts to unravel, Katie feels lucky ...more
When Katie discovers she is pregnant with twins, her property developer boyfriend, Ian moves her into one of his recently acquired houses, all ready for them to become a family. When moving day comes, Katie finds the house is in a state of complete disrepair and she can’t get hold of Ian at all. When local woman, Paula befriends her, Katie accepts her help until she can get hold of him. When Ian finally arrives at the house the next day with apologies and excuses of why the house hasn’t been ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I like the way this author writes. Because of that I bumped up my rating a star.

To say this story is strange is putting it mildly. It is clever though and there are many twists and surprises. Katie, our narrator, is so naive and makes so many ridiculous choices. This story would have been significantly more believable had she been much younger.

There is a series of snippets about 2 children being abused and those were quite chilling. Then many of the characters spin their relationship with
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
When she finds out that she is pregnant, Katie feels apprehensive as she has not been with her partner, Ian, for long. Her fears are allayed, however, when he is thrilled about the pregnancy, even when it turns out that Katie is expecting twins. Alarm bells begin to ring, though, when the house she moves into isn’t the palace she was expecting, and Ian becomes difficult to contact. Paula, her new friend, seems like a godsend, providing her with care and support when she needs it most. With Ian ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Katie falls pregnant by Ian her life is going to change. From a dreary flat share to a posh house her life is on the up! Soon not all is as it seems. Katie is befriended by Paula who offers her doula services. Interspersed with a different person’a POV it soon becomes clear the babies are not safe.

Wow! I loved Ruth’s first book and this one was perfect! So twisty and gripping! Highly recommend. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Rachel Shepley
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite an addictive book, however scary and disturbing in places
Ron Bernt
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Confusing book

Who is related to who? Who did the killing? I was confused during most of the book. Don't waste your time.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Fine, but SUPER predictable. The ending was not very satisfying, but it was entertaining enough.
D O'neal
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#YourGuiltyLies #NetGalley

First, a big thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture, and to the author, Ruth Heald for my advanced copy of Your Guilty Lies in exchange for an honest review.

What a fabulous, suspenseful, psychological thriller!! This was my first read by Ms. Heald, and I was so excited to not only discover a new author to add to my favorites list, but to greatly enjoy this twisty, atmospheric novel. Loved the scary story line and found it easy to read and fast paced. The characters are well
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Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out