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: 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!