The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill

Thank you to the author, publisher and Love Books Tours for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Let’s start with the blurb: In a quiet corner of Edinburgh, Cat Thomas is going through hell.
She’s tried everything. He respects nothing.
If your neighbour was making your life hell …
Would you call upon the devil? Cat Thomas, a brilliant fraud investigator, has just relocated from Florida to a dreamy flat in historic Edinburgh. Everything seems perfect. Everything seems serene. Except for the unbelievably noisy wannabe rockstar upstairs.
Soon Cat’s blissful new life is in ruins. Desperate, she’s willing to try anything. When all else fails, she makes an appeal … to Satan.
And suddenly everything is eerily quiet. But her nightmare has only just begun …

Here’s my review: This was a great book to kick off my September reading, when my reading preferences lean towards the eerie and peculiar. Cat is a strong character who is finding her feet in a foreign land. With the help of her larger than life colleague and friend, Agnes, she tries to settle into her new life and learn the local customs and dialect which has done humorous moments.

Agnes soon becomes more than eccentric though as she takes Cat on a journey into the darker side of Edinburgh and it’s history. Things begin to happen to those who have crossed Cat and she struggles to reconcile what is happening with what she hardly dares accept as being true.

Robin Boucher was a slick character, and I imagined him stepping out of one of Joey Tribuani’s episodes of Days Of Our Lives, but I felt that persona worked for this particular character.

Edinburgh itself is almost a character of its own and having visited there many times, I could picture the cobbles streets and stunning architecture.

I enjoyed the pace of the story as it raced towards its finale and the ending was perfect for me. A great, quirky read for autumn! 3.5 / 5 stars.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.