Next up is a review on the blog tour of The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill, an absolutely brilliant thriller with the most unexpected twist…..

Book blurb & info

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 …

Published by: Black & White Publishing on 5th September 2019

Formats available: Paperback, Hardback & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Cat moves to Edinburgh to escape things from her past.  She has a new job, new flat and new life.  Everything seems good – until her absent neighbour appears.  The man who lives above her is about to become the thing of nightmares.  He makes so much noise day and night – so much, that Cat can’t sleep and it’s affecting her life and work.

On a random day at work she discovers herself confessing to the fact that she has planned numerous murders for him, in the hope that he’ll disappear.  What she doesn’t expect is for her friend to invite her to a ‘meeting’ where she can ‘request’ help.  A last resort, she finally accepts and experiences the strangest meeting ever.  But then her neighbour goes quiet and things start looking up.  But then she starts to realise that things aren’t exactly what they seem….

I absolutely absorbed myself into this story!  The plot is absolutely fantastic and the twist was explosive! You honestly won’t guess it….at all. This kept me completely on the edge of my seat wondering constantly what would happen next and wanting to race furiously through the pages.

Cat is an interesting character although her cynicism drove me nuts at times.  She’s quite a negative person but you can’t help but feel sorry for her with all the stuff that she’s experienced  and the new problems she has.  Her neighbour is a nightmare, and to be fair I would probably want to murder him myself!  There are some other brilliant characters in this; one I completely fell in love with but I don’t want to give anything away so will say no more!

At times I did find the parts about Cat’s work and the fraud investigations a little long, but that’s genuinely only because I wanted to get back to the rest of the story.  There are so many intriguing and mysterious moments that will keep you guessing, as well as the creepy moments which bring a wonderful element of horror to the story.

Overall, I loved this and now desperately want to read more from this author.  If you’re looking for a brilliant thriller, with a hint of horror, plenty of mystery and an explosive twist, then you need to check this out.  Highly recommended by me.



about the author

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’.



tour info

Organised by: Love Book Tours

Thank you to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

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Have a wonderful day everyone.

Chelle x

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