The Upstairs Room

Kate Murray-Browne

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Picador

9781509837595
320
Synopsis

'An incredible read. Clever, chilling, I couldn't put it down' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

In Kate Murray-Browne's debut, Eleanor and Richard have stretched themselves to the limit to buy the perfect home. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and she is convinced it is making her ill. Their two young daughters are restless and unsettled. Richard, on the other hand, is more preoccupied with Zoe, their alluring young lodger, who is also struggling to feel at home.

As Eleanor's symptoms intensify, she becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the family who lived in the house before them. Who were the Ashworths, and why is the name Emily written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room?

Beautifully written and impossibly to put down, The Upstairs Room is a startling contemporary ghost story and a novel about memory, loneliness, desire and love - the things that haunt us all.

In the media
The Upstairs Room is the real thing. Frightening and clever and full of atmosphere

Susan Hill, author of The Woman In Black

An incredible read. Clever, chilling, I couldn't put it down

Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

A superior forerunner of the genre

David Sexton The Evening Standard

Superbly unsettling . . . Kate Murray-Browne has stuck her pen directly into the throbbing vein of the modern middle-class nightmare

The Times