By: Rachel Ryan
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 01/05/2021
My Rating: TBR
From an unforgettable new voice in suspense fiction, The Woman Outside My Door is a thrilling page-turner about a young mother who can’t shake the feeling that her son’s “imaginary” friend is putting him in very real danger, and she will stop at nothing to keep him safe—perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Mary Kubica.
All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when her seven-year-old son, Cody, tells her about New Granny, the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.
But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wouldn’t be the first time, after all. And with her own mother’s recent death leaving her bereft and trying to cope with life as a busy working mom, it’s no wonder she’s feeling paranoid that Cody has invented a “New Granny” to replace his beloved grandmother.
Her husband, Bren, becomes the voice of reason, assuring Georgina that it’s just a game, the product of their son’s overactive imagination. But what if Cody’s imaginary friend is not so imaginary after all?
“Packed with jaw-dropping moments, The Woman Outside My Door is a twisty thriller with hidden depths. I gobbled it up."
— Robyn Harding, internationally bestselling author of THE PARTY
"You never know when the secrets of your past will rise up and find you again. Rachel Ryan shines in this creepy and chilling debut. Questions abound—imaginary friend or dangerous stalker? You will fly through the pages of this tense and fast-paced story, and the giant twist at the end will leave your heart pounding."
— Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of THE LAST FLIGHT
“When your husband, your seven-year-old son, and your father are all harboring secrets, who can you trust? A rollercoaster of a read, it never flags, the pace is relentless, resulting in a denouement that will take your breath away. Bravo, Rachel Ryan!”
— Liz Nugent, #1 internationally bestselling author of Little Cruelties
“A fast-paced, gripping thriller.... As the heart-pounding tension unfolds page after page, Rachel Ryan expertly unravels the mystery, leaving readers guessing until the satisfying, surprising ending. Emotional, captivating, and suspenseful, this is a fantastic debut by an author to watch.”
— Samantha M. Bailey, #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
"A clever spin on the every mother’s nightmare scenario that probes the secrets at the heart of a family, and of a country. Gripping and hugely readable, [The Woman Outside My Door] heralds a bright new voice in psychological thrillers."
— Erin Kelly, USA Today bestselling author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
"An incredible debut; pacy, clever, and tense."
— Jo Spain, #1 bestselling author of The Confession
"A stunning debut. Gripping and unpredictable, my heart is still pounding!"
— Sam Blake, #1 bestselling author of Keep Your Eyes on Me
“[A] confident debut ... Ryan does a good job keeping the reader off balance, wondering whether Georgina is indeed going mad. The tension builds as long-held secrets are revealed, and Georgina proves that she’ll stop at nothing to protect her child. Fans of psychological suspense will be satisfied."
― Publishers Weekly
"A tense, unsettling thriller about the kind of toxic secret that can blow a family apart ... a very impressive debut."
— T. M. Logan, Sunday Times bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY
"A gripping tale that wraps its tentacles around you and draws you in."
— Siobhan MacDonald, author of Twisted River
About the Author
Rachel Ryan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She can usually be found writing in coffee shops, hanging around libraries, or walking the streets of Dublin, making up stories. The Woman Outside My Door is her first novel. Read More