The Other Side of The Wall is the debut novel from Irish writer and award winning blogger, Andrea Mara, who runs Office Mum.
This is a book I was very excited to read, mainly because I ‘know’ Andrea via the blogging community, we’re Facebook pals and we’ve spoken on the phone so that’s as good as a ‘real life’ meet isn’t it? Of course it is.
With all that in mind, comes the fear! What if I don’t like the book? I can’t admit that surely……
I needn’t have worried. I absolutely loved it, the twists & turns were outstanding. I found myself thinking about the characters when the book wasn’t in my hands, I needed to know more. It’s a hard book to put down once you start and I love that!
There’s something up with the people next door.
Sylvia has returned to work in her stressful role within the financial sector following her maternity leave. She’s exhausted and suffering from sleep deprivation. When she ‘sees’ a child lying face down in the pond in her new neighbour’s garden she’s not sure if lack of sleep is playing with or mind or if it’s real.
However, as time goes on she becomes increasingly uneasy about the house next door, she hears mysterious noises, her daughter wakes from a dream convinced a monster was standing at the end of her bed. Has someone been in their house too?
Sam, his wife Kate and their sons have moved in next door to Sylvia. While Sam does some work to the house Kate and the boys are spending the Summer in Galway with her mother. Sam proves himself to be quite the helpful neighbour leaving Sylvia even more confused.
Is work proving too much? Is sleep deprivation the root of it all? Do we really know our neighbours? What is going on, on the other side of the wall?
You’ll have to read the book to find out and I highly recommend you do. You will not be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I purchased my own copy of The Other Side of The Wall and this review is my own honest opinion.