Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Lodger by Valerie Keogh - Book Tour & Review

The Lodger


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 favorite 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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My Review
The Lodger is a thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. 
The story follows Leigh, a woman who is seemingly bored with life. Sure, she has a good job, her own place, and a boyfriend who hangs out with her on the weekends. But Leigh wants more. And when an opportunity to do something nice for her favorite waitress at the local coffee shop comes up, Leigh takes it. She offers Gina a place to stay, hoping some of Gina's exuberance will wear off on her and make her feel alive again. Unfortunately for Leigh, Gina isn't all what she seems. 
When Leigh is sent to an anger management course for a week after attempting to punch her pervy boss, she leaves Gina alone with her boyfriend (who has come to stay while on break from his job). Arriving back home, Leigh discovers Gina is long gone, having only left a note that reads "I'm sorry." 
But Leigh's worries over her missing lodger are about to get a whole lot worse.
This was a really good read. It kept me on my toes, wondering just how, exactly, things would tie together at the end. Who was Gina, really? What happened to make her leave? And what happened to Leigh's boss, Bernard Ledbetter? 
And that ending... it was a doozy. I never would have expected it to play out the way it did. It was honestly kind of depressing, but also, I was glad when Leigh did what she did (no spoilers!). 
If you're looking for an exciting thriller to lose yourself in, check out The Lodger.
4.5 stars!

Author Bio –


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 livesin Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.


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