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All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when her seven-year-old son, Cody, tells her about New Granny, the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.

But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wou
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Gallery Books
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Dita is taking a break from GR.
What if your son's imaginary friend isn't imaginary and you're just Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?

In a market saturated with thrillers I loved how different this was and how it surprised me time and again. Many of the characters were tough to like but I felt that was the author's intention.

I like books like this where if you do your due diligence as a reader you have a shot at working it out but nothing is handed to you.

Fantastic debut!

Thank you to Gallery Books for gifting me a copy. It was my pleasur
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Meredith
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cleverly Plotted

3.5 stars


The Woman Outside My Door is a psychological thriller about a mother who is concerned about her son’s new imaginary friend, “New Granny.” Is her son in danger, or is she losing her grasp on reality?

When Georgina’s 7-year-old son starts talking about his new imaginary friend, “New Granny,” she begins to worry. While Georgina expresses her concerns and begins to grow fearful for Cody’s safety, those around her question her behavior. Something sinister is going on, and all
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Jayme
I couldn’t resist the captivating cover and an invitation from the Publisher to read this DEBUT novel from Irish author Rachel Ryan and I am so glad I did!

She is a new voice in the DOMESTIC SUSPENSE genre, who I will be keeping my eye on.

Seven year old, Cody has made a new friend in the park, and he calls her “NEW GRANNY”.
“Chocolate is the prize for boys who win the game”

His mom Georgina is NOT convinced that she is just an imaginary friend, invented because he is mourning the recent loss of hi
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Debra
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

A Child with an imaginary friend...Imagine that!

But what if you have doubts, what if there is something a little off about your child's imaginary friend, what if "New Granny" is real, what if????

Seven-year-old Cody has been having conversations and receiving gifts from his "New Granny". Is his imaginary Granny the result of his young mind attempting to cope with the recent death of his grandmother? Or is someone really talking to Cody and giving him treats?

Georgina is worried for her so
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PamG
THE WOMAN OUTSIDE MY DOOR is a psychological thriller and the debut novel of Rachel Ryan. From the first page to the dramatic ending, I couldn’t stop reading.

Georgina is the protagonist in this unforgettable story. She and Bren have a seven year old son, Cody. When she finds that Cody has some chocolate, he tells her that New Granny gave it to him. Then she finds him talking on the phone. Is it New Granny or a school mate? Bren thinks it’s just a game where Cody is dealing with the grief of rec
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay. Another limbo reading for me. Firstly I love Sandra Brown and I enjoyed most of her action packed/ romantic suspense novels. I thought this book was written under her pseudonym name Rachel Rayne. Thankfully one of my Goodreads friends corrected me. This book belongs a debut Irish author with same pseudonym name . (Yeap, I should have figured out before. My bad🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️)

It dances between mystery/ psychological thriller genres but unfortunately the MCs’ dysfunctional marriage and communicat
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Tina
This is a psychological thriller, and I think this is my new favorite psychological thriller. This book did not have a ton of twist and turns, but the big twist and turn at the end was so big and good. This book had me guessing who and what is going to happen the whole book. Not many thrillers does that to me anymore because I have read so many thrillers. All the characters in this book had personalist of their own, and I loved that. I think if you love psychological thrillers I think you will l ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan is a suspenseful thriller.

Georgina’s seven year old son, Cody, met a new friend at the park he calls New Granny. Cody had imaginary friends in the past. Bren, Georgina’s husband, is confident New Granny is a new imaginary friend. Georgina and Bren are having marital problems which make it hard for Georgina to trust Bren. Georgina’s mother died recently. She is grieving and wondering if Cody is grieving by inventing a new imaginary friend. Is New Granny Co
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
I really enjoyed The Woman Outside My Door. It is a mix of suspenseful thriller and personal drama. Georgina is grieving her mother and worried about her father. There is suspense throughout the book while Georgina tries to figure out if New Granny is Cody’s imaginary friend or a real person. The reader wonders throughout the book if Georgina is going crazy or if strange things are actually happening. Many of the surprises in The Woman Outside the Door were predictable but I still enjoyed figuri ...more
Katie B
This book was a solid psychological thriller, or domestic suspense novel, or whatever you want to call it. I had a fun time reading it because it held my interest from start to finish. That might seem like a minor thing but I've really been struggling with my reading concentration levels during this crazy year. I'm always happy to stumble upon a page turner like this one.

Georgina's seven year old son, Cody, says he met a new friend at the park. He calls her New Granny. Hmm... Georgina's mother
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Carolyn
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for this intense psychological thriller. Rachel Ryan has crafted a gripping, mystery and shows talent in maintaining suspense, and in keeping the reader baffled about what is really going on. There is some heart-pounding, tension-filled action near the end.

Georgina has had an emotional breakdown several years earlier when her mother died and she learned her husband, Bren, may have been unfaithful. There was also some postpartum depression. I felt I sho
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Erin Clemence
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: November 24, 2020

When Georgina’s mother passes away, her entire life changes. Struggling to deal with the grief, as well as working to save a failing marriage, Georgina tries to focus her energy on her young son, Cody. Georgina begins to see a dark figure watching her from the shadows, and when her son starts receiving phone calls f
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Zoe
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense, ominous, and clever!

The Woman Outside My Door is a suspenseful, psychological thriller that introduces us to Georgina, a young wife struggling with the loss of her mother who becomes even more unhinged when her seven-year-old-son appears to have a new imaginary friend that phones him and gives him treats.

The writing is crisp and edgy. The characters are vulnerable, unreliable, and distressed. And the plot unfolds subtly into an eerie tale of secrets, obsession, heartache, shame, lonelines
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Tina
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-be-review  ·  review of another edition
This is a thriller. I am lucky to receive an e-copy of this book from netgalley, and I will post a honest review about how I feel about the book as soon as I finish reading it.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
One trippy book.
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When you read as many books as I do you kind of find the layouts of the genres to be very similar. You can actually break the book into pieces and know when to expect certain things to happen in the story.

This new author dismantled that structure just a bit with this fresh story. It’s a haunting look at dealing with grief and healing through loss.

Ryan takes a reasonable explanation for a child losing a grandparent and turns that into something that could be
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Dana
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
This was such a stellar debut!

Twisty, suspenseful and captivating!

A bit of a slow start but once things started picking up I couldn't put this down. I NEEDED to know who "The Woman Outside My Door" was ...

"New Granny" Cody's imaginary friend has Georgina on high alert. Strange events and questionable comments made by Georgina's 7 year old son have her questioning just how pretend his friend really is.

This book had me suspecting SO MANY characters! It was so well done. The ending was extremel
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Barbara Schultz
4+ Yep a Great psychological thriller read!
When 7-year Cody and his friends are playing outside and called in, it takes Cody longer than the others. His mother states she will come and get him if he doesn’t come out of the bushes. He appears with candy and says “an old lady” gave to him. Mom doesn’t see anyone and believes Cody took the candy and is ‘telling a story’. Soon mom finds Cody talking on the phone which is something he often did with his Granny, however Granny died 6 months ago. Cody
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Monika
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25/5

Initial Thoughts - Fast paced + tense + mysterious
If you read a lot of thrillers, you will figure out “the woman” at around 85%, but it doesn’t diminish the interest you’ll have to read it through!! Considering this is a debut, deserves to be appreciated 👏

Final thoughts - My first read of 2021 and I wasn’t disappointed. 4.25/5 ⭐️

Georgina, Bren & Cody - a small family of three live in Dublin, Ireland. On the outside, they may seem perfect, but they all have their secrets. Georgina is devas
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Kammy
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advanced-copies
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Jen
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting premise that ALMOST hit the mark for me. It centers on Georgina, a stressed-out mother to 7 year old Cody, and whose own beloved mother recently passed away. When Cody starts telling her that he has met a new friend who gives him candy and is his "New Granny", Georgina is understandably concerned, but her husband Bren keeps telling her that making up an imaginary friend is a normal thing for young kids to do when they lose someone they love. Though Georgina feels li ...more
Susan's Reviews
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Well done for a debut thriller! Plenty of red herrings and very likeable characters. The plot twist was a doozie, and I liked how the author wove a major black mark in Ireland's history into this story. A few of the characters needed fleshing out, but I suspect this author will be able to breathe fuller life into all of her characters as she gains experience. The writing was smooth and a
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 3 STARS
2020; Simon & Schuster Canada

The Woman Outside My Door is a debut novel from Rachel Ryan, set in contemporary Ireland. It was nice to read a book set someplace other than US or UK. I listened to this one on audio, and enjoyed the accent and hearing pronunciation of certain words. I was invited by the publisher to try this one out, so thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my eARC. I had a small beef with the title, for me this gave away a bit of the suspense of the novel, and I als
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ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
First of all I LOVE the cover, it is spooktacular and really went with the theme of the story.

I really enjoyed the writing style as it made it easy to read and I can't believe this is a debut author. The plot line was pretty exciting and original...What's scarier than realizing your seven year old kid is talking to an imaginary friend that he claims is his "New Granny" after his grandmother has died!?

There are a few twists and turns in this character driven story, I love books like that as it m
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Out of the Bex
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You could read this entire review, but there's no need to waste your precious time on anything other than the pages of this refreshingly satisfying book. To put it bluntly: Yes. It is everything you've been looking for in a mystery/thriller. Go ahead and press that buy button. You won't regret it.

My five-star reviews, though rare, are often the most difficult to write. What can I really offer you other than to repetitively profess my love for said five-star book until it physically exhausts you
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LibraryCin
When 7-year old Cody comes out of the bushes in the park and tells his mom his “new granny” gave him sweets, Georgina panics. The only grandmother Cody ever knew, Georgina’s mother, died 6 months earlier. At home, Cody gets phone calls; if Georgina answers the phone, the person on the other end doesn’t speak. Other odd things start happening. Georgina feels that someone is stalking her little boy. However, Georgina is still dealing with the loss of her mother, plus there are things going wrong i ...more
oohlalabooks
This is a fast paced, creepy, intense thriller! Georgina is trying really hard to keep her sanity having her lost her mom and finding bits of her husband’s, Bren, one night of passion with his an ex girlfriend. All while going to college, working, and being a mom to seven year old Cody. Cody begins to mention a new granny who is kind and gives him treats. There’s always a creepy vibe whenever new granny is around. Bren believes it’s Cody way of grieving and clearly thinks Georgina is paranoid. T ...more
This Feral Housewife
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A true thriller. The fast storyline will keep you wanting more and the twists will surprise you. I loved it.
Amy
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of this one, anything with a possible creepy kid appeals to me in a weird way and then throw in a mother who is fragile and it leaves you with a whole lot of questions and head scratching moments. This one was unsettling and slightly sinister and despite some minor issues I can see how it would appeal to many.

What worked for me was the great sense of place the author created, it was atmospheric and there were a few times where I got goosebumps because of the great scen
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Very quick read, the story moves forward at a deliberate pace and doesn't waste too much time dwelling on the side storylines. I appreciated how the author didn't dwell too long in any one theory, and that some of the more annoying explanations for what was happening with Cody weren't given too much time.
Straightforward domestic thriller about a young seven-year-old boy who claims to be receiving gifts and visits from "New Granny" shortly after his beloved grandmother passes away. His parents a
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Larissa
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic debut!🤩
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Georgina is a busy mom to 7-year old Cody. Alongside to the motherhood duties, she is working on her college degree while holding a part-time job. In addition to that, she’s grieving the loss of her mother and trying to save her marriage with Bren.
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One day, Cody tells his mother about “New Granny” - a new friend he just met at the park. Georgina is suspicious about it, while Bren thinks this is just an imaginary friend and Cody’s way of coping with the recent loss of his
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Rachel Ryan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She can usually be found writing in coffee shops, hanging around libraries, or walking the streets of Dublin, making up stories.

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