Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for The Roommates by Rachel Sargeant. Happy publication day Rachel!
The Roommates by Rachel Sargeant
Release Date: 24th of October
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 269 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Harper Collins
Do you really know the people you live with?
THEY LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE
University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.
YOU SHARE EVERYTHING
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…
BUT DO YOU TRUST THEM?
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…
The Roommates is a book that is full of mystery and suspense that will have you hooked and reading well into the night. This book definitely keeps you on your toes and ends with a jaw dropping finale which I loved.
Rachel has created a tightly woven, intriguing plot where four girls, Imogen (Imo for short), Amber, Phoenix and Tegan, are brought together sharing a flat as they attend their first year of university. Each girl couldn’t be more different from the other and each have a secret from their past that they bring with them.
Set in the university’s fresher’s week, Rachel wastes no time in throwing the girls together when one of them goes missing. When the girls mother informs the girls that she left to go travelling via a text message, doesn’t sit well with Imo and the mystery deepens when strange things start happening which makes Imo start to question who is she really living with.
Although I did not really gel with any of the characters from the get go, Rachel has done a good job in bringing them to life. I really enjoyed how I was kept second guessing as to how this was all going to unfold and who was going to be responsible. As the story progresses each girl starts to unravel and secrets are revealed and you then get a better understanding as to why each one is the way they are through alternating chapters from each of their perspectives and by the end I did change my opinion on a couple of them.
I enjoyed Rachel’s style and she does a great job in capturing the readers attention with unique storytelling, descriptive and cohesive writing and she definitely knows her way around the psychological thriller genre, It was a pleasure to be able to read and review The Roommates which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Harper Collins and Rachel Sargeant for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Roommates which I have reviewed and voluntarily.
About Rachel Sargeant
Her next book will be The Roommates, a psychological thriller set in a university freshers’ week.
She won Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been shortlisted in various competitions including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Saucy Shorts series by Accent Press.
She was born in Lincolnshire and is a graduate of Aberystwyth University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. After many years in Germany, she now lives in Gloucestershire with her family. Her hobbies are swimming, visiting country houses and coffee shops, and going to the theatre.
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