By: K. L. Slater
Publication Date: 05/19/2023
My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)
They say they have no children. So who did I see at the window?
My darling little boy Albie adores playing at our new neighbours’ house. And after the terrible year we’ve had, I feel so lucky that we can start over in this perfect place, with new friends who treat Albie like the son they never had. He can’t stop talking about the tree house they’re building him, and the cookies they bake together.
But as time passes, something starts to feel wrong. Why don’t they ever open the front door more than a crack? They told me they had no children so who does the small pink tricycle I saw in their hall belong to? And why can I hear a lullaby drifting across the garden when I’m tucking my own boy into bed?
Then, one night, I see a small shadowy figure in their bedroom window…
I thought I’d learned my lesson about trusting the wrong people, but now I’m forced to wonder what this perfect couple are hiding.
And if I try to save that little helpless figure in the window, will I do what I’ve always feared most, and put my beautiful boy’s life in danger…?
An utterly gripping psychological thriller from the number one bestselling author of The Marriage and The Girlfriend. If you like Gone Girl, The Housemaid and Lisa Jewell then you will be hooked by The Bedroom Window.
The British queen of thrills, K. L Slater, returns, following The Narrator with her latest, THE BEDROOM WINDOW —the author pulls out all the stops with an enthralling psychological thriller where dual timelines collide in this explosive mystery surrounding a wealthy couple in a glass house.
What secrets are they hiding?
Lottie, Neil, and their young son Albie are excited about their new home on Whitsend Bay with a stunning clifftop idyllic setting. It has been two years since Neil's serious accident at work changed their lives. Neil had to give up his landscaping business in Nottingham.
He almost lost the use of his legs and left arm. Lottie had given up her job to be his caretaker. Now Neil is back to normal and has accepted a job as an estate manager at the Seaspray Estate in North Yorkshire.
The owners, Netta and Ted Williams, are very private. As part of the employment package, they have offered Lottie, Neil, and Albie a beautiful cottage adjacent to the Seaspray glass mansion and grounds.
They love their new home, and Neil loves his new job. However, shortly after moving in, Lottie thinks something is off with the Williams couple. They are wealthy, and Netta is beautiful, but strangely, they never get invited into their home. They always come outside, or the door is cracked.
There is also the couple before them, Tom and Mary Gooding, who left abruptly. Lottie also finds a note from this woman and a photo in the drawer.
Netta is also flirtatious with her husband, Neil. Lottie has a great point to spy on the mansion from her upper cottage bedroom with binoculars. She sees movement, she hears things, and something is not correct.
Lottie has had trust issues since her mother left her at age thirteen without explanation, and she wound up in the foster system.
She sees children's toys when they say they do not have any children, and she hears a lullaby.
Neil wants to keep his job and does not want to rock the boat. He is afraid of crossing the owners. This causes friction between him and his wife. Also, Netta buys their son expensive gifts and Tom, the husband, is building a treehouse for Albie. She also wants him to stay with them, encouraging Lottie to get a job.
What is this couple up to, and what do they want from them? What is Neil hiding?
In the meantime, Lottie meets another mother she befriends with a classmate, Albie's age. (more here than meets the eye).
Twenty years earlier: We meet Claire and Charlie in another parallel storyline—two young girls. Claire is from a wealthy family, and Charlie is from a poor family raised by a single mother with a mean boyfriend.
The author keeps you glued to the pages as things at the Seaspray mansion become even more sinister. You are dying to discover what is happening inside the house, what they are hiding, and how the dual storyline/timeline connects with the present.
Told from POV: Lottie and Neil with a chapter from Mary—dual timelines (present and past-20 years earlier with two girls, Charlie and Claire).
Twisty, atmospheric, mysterious, suspenseful, and captivating!
Dark secrets, lies, and deception abound. Everyone has a secret, and the novel has an underlying tension and a dark sense of foreboding. I could not wait to find out how all would come out. I also loved the twist at the end.
The author is a pro at creating lush atmospheric settings, unreliable characters, and twisty plots. The novel was my favorite of hers since The Narrator. Even though it was a bit anticlimactic, if you can suspend your disbelief, you will find THE BEDROOM WINDOW highly entertaining.
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Pub Date: May 19, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
About the Author
Kim is the number one bestselling author of twenty psychological crime thrillers. She has sold over two million copies of her books worldwide. She has also written four Carnegie-nominated Young Adult novels as Kim Slater for Macmillan Children’s Books. Kim has an MA in Creative Writing and lives with her husband in a small Nottinghamshire village.
Order of publication:
SAFE WITH ME (2016)
THE MISTAKE (2017)
THE VISITOR (2018)
THE SECRET (2018)
FINDING GRACE (2019)
THE SILENT ONES (2019)
THE APARTMENT - AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2019) August
THE APARTMENT - eBook & paperback formats available (2020) April
LITTLE WHISPERS (2020)
THE GIRL SHE WANTED (2020)
THE EVIDENCE - AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2021) February
THE EVIDENCE - eBook & paperback formats available (2021) July
THE MARRIAGE (2021)
THE WIDOW (2021)
THE NARRATOR - AUDIBLE ORIGINAL only (2022) August
THE NARRATOR - eBook & paperback formats available (2023) January
THE GIRLFRIEND (2022)
THE BEDROOM WINDOW (2023)
Publishers: Bookouture, Grand Central, Sphere, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson
Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com
Facebook: KL Slater Author