Saturday, September 12, 2020

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The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O'Neil - Book Tour & Review

The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neil @bwpublishing @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

In a quiet corner of Edinburgh, Cat Thomas is going through hell.
She’s tried everything. He respects nothing.
If your neighbour was making your life hell ...
Would you call upon the devil?

Cat Thomas, a brilliant fraud investigator, has just relocated from Florida to a dreamy flat in historic Edinburgh. Everything seems perfect. Everything seems serene. Except for the unbelievably noisy wannabe rockstar upstairs.
Soon Cat’s blissful new life is in ruins. Desperate, she's willing to try anything. When all else fails, she makes an appeal ... to Satan.
And suddenly everything is eerily quiet. But her nightmare has only just begun ...

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My Review
The Devil Upstairs is a taut thriller with a paranormal twist. 
It follows a young woman named Cat Thomas. She's a recent transplant from Miami, now living and working in Edinburgh. Thinking she got a great deal on her apartment, she soon discovers it's anything but peaceful. The man upstairs is loud. Annoying. Consistently noisy and rude. Nothing seems to quiet him down. And talking to him is pointless. So Cat does the only thing she can think of: she summons Satan to help her out. 
Unfortunately for Cat, her nightmare has only just begun.
I have to say, I rather enjoyed the story. It was intriguing. It was a bit strange. And having deal with a crazy neighbor myself (not in an upstairs apartment, but a downstairs apartment; he'd scream and yell and curse at all hours of the day and night, fighting with his girlfriend and mother, then bang on the ceiling anytime we made noise), I totally felt for Cat. 
I also really liked Agnes. She was an entertaining character. Robin also seemed like a great character. He's definitely interesting.
The plot is pretty engaging, keeping readers on their toes. There's an element of, is Cat just crazy, or did she really "sell her soul" to the Devil for peace and quiet? It's definitely tense at times.
The ending, while good, kind of disappointed me. But not for a bad reason. I was just hoping for a bit...more, I guess. More of what, I'm not sure, but I felt like I was left a bit empty after finishing it. Maybe that's just me, though.
Overall, I'd say The Devil Upstairs is an exciting read, and fans of paranormal-esque mystery/thrillers will enjoy it. 
4 stars!

Author Bio

ANTHONY O NEILL is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and now lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of seven novels including The Dark Side and Dr Jekyll & Mr Seek, recommended by Ian Rankin as 'clever, gripping and reverent'.



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