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The Heights

From the bestselling author of Our House, now a major ITV drama, and the #1 thriller The Other Passenger

About The Book

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD AND NOW A MAJOR ITV DRAMA STARRING MARTIN COMPSTON AND TUPPENCE MIDDLETON, COMES A NAIL-BITING STORY OF REVENGE, OBSESSION AND VERTIGO.
 
‘Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down… this is an author at the top of her game’ Erin Kelly

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

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'The Heights has everything you could possibly wish for - tragedy, obsession, revenge and, yes, love. Another finely-crafted masterpiece from Louise Candlish' BA Paris

'There’s nothing quite so chilling as the roar of mother tiger love. Louise Candlish had my heart in my throat. Dizzily dark. Dangerous. Deadly' Jane Corry
 
'No one creates middle-class characters we love to hate quite like Louise Candlish. I’d expected her to do this, and to provide a great sense of place, and twists that would have been rifling through the book to see how they’d been done. What I wasn’t expecting was that this thriller of obsessive revenge and intense parental grief would tug at my heartstrings. Smart, addictive, twisting, surprising. Highly recommended' Sarah Vaughan

‘Tense, provocative and devastatingly powerful. I loved Our House but I think The Heights might be even better’ TM Logan

'A beautifully written tale of destructive obsession and revenge, with Louise’s trademark killer twist' Mark Edwards 

'It twists and it turns and it twists again. The Heights by Louise Candlish is the very definition of a “just one more chapter” novel. I devoured it. And it’s full of such great writing about the ferocity of maternal love' Hannah Beckerman

'Compelling, unexpected and beautifully written' Jane Fallon
 

About The Author

Johnny Ring

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 LouiseCandlish.com or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 1, 2021)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471183485

Raves and Reviews

'It twists and it turns and it twists again. The Heights by Louise Candlish is the very definition of a “just one more chapter” novel. I devoured it. And it’s full of such great writing about the ferocity of maternal love' 
 

– Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You

‘Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down… this is an author at the top of her game’ 
 

– Erin Kelly, author of Watch Her Fall

'There’s nothing quite so chilling as the roar of mother tiger love. Louise Candlish had my heart in my throat. Dizzily dark. Dangerous. Deadly'

– Jane Corry, author of The Lies We Tell

'No one creates middle-class characters we love to hate quite like Louise Candlish. I’d expected her to do this, and to provide a great sense of place, and twists that would have been rifling through the book to see how they’d been done. What I wasn’t expecting was that this thriller of obsessive revenge and intense parental grief would tug at my heartstrings. Smart, addictive, twisting, surprising. Highly recommended' 

– Sarah Vaughan, author of Little Disasters

‘This psychological thriller that is a perfect example of its type’ 

– Times Crime Club

‘Candlish’s latest, thoroughly compelling thriller shows off her trademark mix of smartly observed London life, crafty twists and unreliable, but all-too-believable characters’

– Mail on Sunday

‘A woman glimpses a man on a roof terrace. Strange thing is, she knows he’s dead. And she knows because she killed him… From the award-winning author of Our House'

– The I

‘The Heights explores maternal love and how ferocious it can be, as well as dealing with grief and revenge, showing how these emotions can become blurred. Admittedly, Ellen is a hard character to like, but writer Louise Candlish skilfully makes the reader empathise with her feelings. Stylish and sinister, this is a dark tale with a punch to the ending’

– Sunday Express

‘When Ellen’s son Lucas befriends troubled teen Kieran, her instinct to keep her child safe intensifies. But within months, Lucas’s life has been destroyed. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between Ellen and Kieran, as she strives for revenge. But we soon wonder if there’s another side to the story'

– Woman’s Weekly

‘A dizzying read with some wicked plot twists, this is a story you won’t put down!’

– My Weekly

'The Heights has everything you could possibly wish for - tragedy, obsession, revenge and, yes, love. Another finely-crafted masterpiece from Louise Candlish' 

– BA Paris

‘Tense, provocative and devastatingly powerful. I loved Our House but I think The Heights might be even better’ 

– TM Logan

'A beautifully written tale of destructive obsession and revenge, with Louise’s trademark killer twist' 

– Mark Edwards

'Compelling, unexpected and beautifully written'

– Jane Fallon

'Another very clever corker of a book from Candlish . . . As with her recent hits, Candlish uses architecture as a thrilling backdrop and skewers the vanities and vulnerabilities of complacent middle-class types and what they are capable of when faced with protecting their territory. We all know people like these characters – she couldn’t possibly be talking about us. Could she?' Daily Mail 

‘Dangerously dark and grippingly tense, this will keep you guessing with its brilliant twists and turns’ Heat

'Stylish and sinister, this is a dark tale with a punch to the ending' S Magazine

‘An edge of the seat read' Closer

‘A roller-coaster read’ Bella

‘When Ellen’s son Lucas befriends troubled teen Kieran, her instinct to keep her child safe intensifies. Ellen’s gut feeling is right as, within months, Lucas’s life has been destroyed. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between Ellen and Kieran, as she strives for revenge. Told through Ellen’s own heart-breaking account, you soon wonder whether her point of view is accurate, or if there’s another side to the story. A real nail-biter' Woman & Home

'This story of revenge, love and fear – and what justice really means – is a sure-fire hit' Fabulous

‘A gripping read!’ Yours

'This multi-layered thriller has everythign you want in a great read: tension - you're never sure who is telling the truth - emotion - as you put yourself in Ellen's shoes - and an unravelling of the plot that is both satisfying and scary. Wonderful' Belfast Telegraph

'Another helping of twisted suburban noir at its fiendishly finest' Lancashire Evening News

 

'A vertigo-inducing plot to make your head spin… a devilish chiller' Saga

'Another great read from the bestselling author Louise Candlish… Twists and turns that will leave you breathless until the final page' Hello

‘Quite breathtakingly brilliant, this slow-burning thriller about the power of a mother’s love will keep you hooked' Real People

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