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The Couple Upstairs by Holly Wainwright – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Four Stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASE DATE:  30 August 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Macmillan





Five months after Mel told her husband to leave, a ghost moved in upstairs.

A young man who reminds her, with eerie intensity, of a past lover, someone who changed Mel’s life and then vanished.

When the man’s travelling girlfriend joins him, Mel’s obsession with the couple upstairs builds and the boundaries between the two homes begin to blur, with devastating consequences.





Thank you so much to Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!


Mel is a newly single mum, with a lot on her plate. Not only is she just starting to navigate the shared custody world, a man has moved in upstairs from her that reminds her far too much of an old boyfriend. 

Lori has been traveling Australia and refuses to go home to England when the pandemic hits. She’s far more interested in finding Flynn in Sydney, a man she met and had what felt like the start of a relationship with in Broome. 

As Mel and Lori’s world’s collide, Mel feels as though she’s watching her past play out before her, and that can’t be good for Lori. 

I have absolutely loved all of Holly Wainwright’s books so far, and I did enjoy this one, it just didn’t quite have my adoring heart by the end. There was nothing wrong with it, it just missed living up to her other books by a smidgeon. 

The exploration of how people can become lost inside a relationship they refuse to see for what it is was done well but it was still so frustrating to read. The describing of the man upstairs as a ‘ghost’ from the start really threw me too. I legitimately thought the author was talking about an actual ghost for half the book and I was trying to figure out how that was going to work 😅 (I probably should have read the synopsis beforehand and I would have realised the ghost part wasn’t literal)







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