Title: Spare Room
Author: Dreda Say Mitchell
Narrated By: Kristin Atherton
Duration: 10:23:17

Home is where the nightmare is. The number one international best seller everyone can’t stop talking about.

Beautiful double room to let to single person.

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to uncover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she
descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth….

This room has already claimed one victim.

Is it about to take another?


Lisa is a troubled young woman who suffers from terrible nightmares, has physical body scars and the nightmares cause her to sleep walk, so she ties her leg to the bed post every night.

The live-in owners, Martha and Jack want Lisa to be very happy in their home. Lisa will be living in a place that’s not really her own. A place already occupied by the people who own it: two strangers!

I love an unreliable narrator and they don’t come more unreliable than Lisa, her story is not one than can be taken at face value, she appears unstable and deluded at times, but it’s this un-trustworthiness that makes Spare Room such a twisted read.

I know I’m becoming too obsessive but I can’t help it. I don’t want to help it!

Mitchell manipulates the reader at every turn, as I finished each chapter the tone of the book grew darker and yet I needed to read on, to sort the truth from the lies, the good from the bad. Spare Room is full of twists I did not see coming, which always add to my overall enjoyment of a read, there’s nothing worse than guessing correctly the direction a read is taking.

The bad things about this book is the premise of the story. I won’t give any spoilers but if Lisa had talked with her parents about her situation, she would have received proper treatment for her anxiety and been better off! But we have to have a plot, no?

Honesty is the best policy

3/5