Afternoon everyone! Today I’m on the blog tour for The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas, a brilliant creepy story that had me from the very first chapter…..

Title: The Room in the Attic
Author: Louise Douglas
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Mystery with historical elements
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Estimated page count: 388
Formats available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Boldwood Books (12 Oct. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources

A child who does not know her name…

In 1903 fishermen find a wrecked boat containing a woman, who has been badly beaten, and a young girl. An ambulance is sent for, and the two survivors are taken to All Hallows, the imposing asylum, hidden deep on Dartmoor. The woman remains in a coma, but the little girl, Harriet, awakens and is taken to an attic room, far away from the noise of the asylum, and is put in the care of Nurse Emma Everdeen.

Two motherless boys banished to boarding school…

In 1993, All Hallows is now a boarding school. Following his mother’s death and his father’s hasty remarriage, Lewis Tyler is banished to Dartmoor, stripped of his fashionable clothes, shorn of his long hair, and left feeling more alone than ever. There he meets Isak, another lost soul, and whilst refurbishment of the dormitories is taking place, the boys are marooned up in the attic, in an old wing of the school.

Cries and calls from the past that can no longer be ignored…

All Hallows is a building full of memories, whispers, cries from the past. As Lewis and Isak learn more about the fate of Harriet, and Nurse Emma’s desperate fight to keep the little girl safe, it soon becomes clear there are ghosts who are still restless.

Are they ghosts the boys hear at night in the room above, are they the unquiet souls from the asylum still caught between the walls? And can Lewis and Isak bring peace to All Hallows before the past breaks them first…

Praise for Louise Douglas

‘A brilliantly written, gripping, clever, compelling story, that I struggled to put down. The vivid descriptions, the evocative plot and the intrigue that Louise created, which had me constantly asking questions, made it a highly enjoyable, absolute treasure of a read.’ Kim Nash on The Scarlet Dress

‘A tender, heart-breaking, page-turning read’ Rachel Hore on The House by the Sea

‘The perfect combination of page-turning thriller and deeply emotional family story. Superb.’ Nicola Cornick on The House by the Sea

‘Kept me guessing until the last few pages and the explosive ending took my breath away.’ C.L. Taylor, author of The Accident on Your Beautiful Lies

‘Beautifully written, chillingly atmospheric and utterly compelling, The Secret by the Lake is Louise Douglas at her brilliant best’ Tammy Cohen, author of The Broken

‘A master of her craft, Louise Douglas ratchets up the tension in this haunting and exquisitely written tale of buried secrets and past tragedy.’ Amanda Jennings, author of Sworn Secret

‘A clammy, atmospheric and suspenseful novel, it builds in tension all the way through to the startling final pages.’ Sunday Express, S Magazine 

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

This is a fantastic dark and creepy story that pulled me in from the very first chapter! I absolutely loved the mix of mystery, ghost story, history and thriller that kept me turning the pages!

The story is told from three different timelines: the present day, the early 90’s when it was a boarding school and then the early 1900’s when it was a lunatic asylum.  It’s also told from two different characters points of view – Lewis Tyler and Nurse Emma.  I absolutely loved how to the story unravelled and how all the parts linked together.

The setting is creepy from the start and will have the hairs standing on the back of your arms!  Absolutely perfect for this time of year!

I haven’t read any of Louise’s previous books, and really enjoyed her writing style.  The descriptions are fantastic and will bring the story to life; a story is easy to follow and enjoyable to read.  I will most definitely be looking to read more from her, that’s for sure!

So if you’re looking for a brilliant, creepy mystery/thriller with a fantastic story then this is for you! Highly recommended be me!

about the author

Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author of 6 novels including The Love of my Life and Missing You – a RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country. Louise’s first book for Boldwood, The House by the Sea was published in March 2020.

Where to find Louise online: Facebook ~ Twitter | @louisedouglas3 ~ Instagram | @LouiseDouglas3 ~ Newsletter sign up ~ Bookbub

follow the tour

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Louise and Boldwood Books for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful afternoon

Chelle x

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