The Heights by Louise Candlish

The new paperback cover

Thank you to Jess Barratt at Books and The City / Simon and Schuster UK for a proof copy to read and review. I enjoyed reading The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish last year (see my review at ). The Heights is now available in paperback and I’m sharing my review again to explain why I enjoyed it.


He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you. 

The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him. 

Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.  You know this for a fact.  

Because you’re the one who killed him.  It’s time to confess what we did up there.

‘Kieran Watts has been dead for over two years when I see him standing on the roof of a building in Shad Thames…’


My thoughts:

Well after reading the above synopsis, I had to sit down and read the book – how could he still be alive?

As a mother of teenagers, this was a thought provoking read. How far should we go to protect our ‘almost adult’ children from danger? To become independent, we need to give them chance to grow and make mistakes, and to learn from them. Achieving the correct balance is something parents have to deal with every day.

Louise Candlish has taken this dilemma and crafted it into a tense thriller, which left me wondering where the next twist in the story was coming from. Every time I thought I knew what had happened, I quickly discovered I was wrong.

Another excellent thriller by Louise Candlish which seemed all too real and plausible. I enjoyed The Other Passenger but The Heights is more tense and dark, making it my new favourite Louise Candlish novel.

The hardback cover

Author Bio:

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a #1 bestseller, won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise.

Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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