Title: The Lodger by Valerie Keogh
Date Published: 1st August 2022
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
She’s in your home…
Leigh Simons can’t say for sure what made her do it. A moment of madness, perhaps, but when the young, loud and gorgeous waitress at her favourite coffee shop reveals she is homeless, Leigh offers her the empty room in her house.
In your head…
Gina is the perfect lodger; Leigh, lonely and frustrated with her life, becomes infatuated with the woman – her boldness, her zeal. If only Leigh could be more like Gina…
And missing without trace.
So when Leigh returns from a work trip she’s shocked to find Gina missing. Where could the young woman have gone…and why?
Leigh fears that something terrible has happened – why else would Gina leave her?
But as she sets out to find her missing lodger, what Leigh discovers changes everything she knows about Gina….and her own life, too.
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I received an ARC copy of The Lodger from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
I’ve enjoyed several of Valerie Keogh’s thrillers in the past, so I was eager to get stuck into The Lodger.
On the spur of the moment, Leigh offers barista Gina a place to stay after she reveals she’s homeless. When she goes away for work, she returns to find Gina has disappeared. Everyone around her tells her to drop it. Gina is a grown woman, but the why tortures Leigh. In her quest to find the young woman, her life starts to unravel around her.
Valerie Keogh combines an extraordinary situation with ordinary characters that makes you think ‘wow, this actually could happen!’
Leigh is the type of character who thinks she had the perfect life, but as you read on, the cracks start to appear and you watch reality slowly dawn on her.
There’s so many creepy yet realistic moments throughout the story. At one point, I actually looked over my shoulder while I was reading it to check there was nobody lurking there!
I found it a bit sluggish to start off, but the tension was built up nicely, with plenty of shocks and surprises along the way.
The lodger is a brilliant and twisted psychological thriller and I’d highly recommend it if you love this genre!
About The Author:
Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now lives in Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.
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