Lesley Kara: The Apartment Upstairs

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Apartment Upstairs. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Scarlett‘s aunt lived – and was brutally murdered – in the apartment upstairs. But Scarlett is determined that life should return to some kind of normal, even if that means living with just a ceiling between her and the scene of such a devastating crime. After all, this is her home. She’s safe here. Isn’t she?

Dee is busy balancing her job as a funeral director with organizing an event to mark the disappearance of her best friend, ten years ago. So she’s got enough on her plate without worrying about the threatening messages that are appearing on her company’s Facebook page.

When Scarlett approaches Dee about planning her aunt’s funeral, an unexpected link between them emerges. Together, the two women could uncover secrets that have long been buried. Even while someone wants to stop them digging . . .


I’ve read a few books by Lesley Kara now so I was pleased to have the opportunity to read her latest, The Apartment Upstairs. I found the pace a little slower than usual, which may have been in part due to reading in staves through Pigeonhole. However, this didn’t stop me from enjoying it as there were lots of questions that needed to be answered that kept me intrigued. 

The Apartment Upstairs is told from the perspectives of two central characters, Scarlett and Dee. As more information was gradually revealed about them, I found it easier to become immersed in their lives. It was interesting to see how their lives were intertwined. In particular, Kara has done a fantastic job of exploring the emotions of these two women and this really helped me to root for them as they searched for answers about Rebecca and Gina. I found Scarlett and Dee quite likeable: this is in stark contrast to some of the characters around them, such as Ollie. I enjoyed the tension this created as the story developed. 

The ending of the novel is particularly tense and I enjoyed reading as everything began to come together. I was kept guessing the whole way through! 

The Apartment Upstairs is available from Amazon.

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