The Heights

Atria. Mar. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781982174125. pap. $17. SUSPENSE
With Candlish’s (The Other Passenger) trademark twists and turns, this is a slow-burn psychological suspense that examines grief, fear, guilt, and revenge. Ellen Saint is a mother, wife, and lighting consultant. While at a client’s home, she looks out the windows to the apartment across the way and sees Kieran Watts, a man she thought she had killed. This puts Ellen back on a dark path as she recalls Kieran’s impact on her son Lucas and all that Kieran destroyed. As a form of therapy, she writes out the disastrous effects that Kieran had on her family from when he entered it seven years earlier. Interspersed with Ellen’s manuscript is a Sunday Times magazine article about Ellen as well as the perspective of Ellen’s ex (and Lucas’s father) Vic. As the narrative circles backs to Ellen’s present-day sighting of Kieran, readers will wonder who is the real bad guy.
VERDICT In the vein of William Landay’s Defending Jacob, this title is a good choice for readers who enjoy twisting narratives.
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