The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton (Book Review)

I’m loving the trend of female-centric thrillers this year! So of course, I was very eager to get my hands on The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton.

The Lady Upstairs follows Jo, a woman who’s employed by an agency that cons bad, rich men out of their money. But when a con goes wrong, Jo’s life begins to spiral out of control.

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The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton book review

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The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton: My Thoughts

This story is described as ‘noir’, and I definitely felt those vibes. While it didn’t have as many twists as I’ve come to expect from some thrillers, I still really enjoyed this!

The plot is interesting, but I’d say this thriller is more character-driven. The trio of Jo, Lou, and Jackal – and how they interacted with one another – was strange and intriguing. I kept changing my mind on how I felt about them, but I think that was the point. They’re complicated and messy. Half the time I was rooting for them, and half the time I was cringing at their actions.

Read this if you love:

  • the show Hustlers
  • stories set in LA/Hollywood
  • They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
  • feminist vigilante stories

Overall, I definitely recommend this one! Especially if you’re in the mood for a slow-burn thriller with a healthy amount of tension. The setting was gorgeous and the writing was engrossing.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars

Publication date: November 17th, 2020

Looking for more great book recommendations? Check out my list of the best thrillers of 2020!

The Lady Upstairs book review

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