Thank you, Jaz and Black and White Publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and for sending me a free copy of The Devil Up Stairs by Anthony O’Neill in exchange for a spot on the blog tour.
Today is my stop on The Devil Up Stairs blog tour grab a biscuit and a cuppa, I’ve got a spotlight and an extract just for you. This post contains links to buy the book, I do not profit from the sharing of these links.
Tittle: The Devil Up Stairs
Author: Anthony O’Neill
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Publication Date: 5th September 2019
An allegorical thriller set in modern-day Edinburgh; The Devil Upstairs sees Cat Thomas relocate from Florida after fleeing death threats related to her job as a fraud investigator. Finding an incredible flat in a beautiful area of the city, Cat can’t believe her luck, until her upstairs neighbour appears. His loud music at all hours and utterly inconsiderate behaviour leave Cat delirious with lack of sleep. After trying everything, her desperation leads her to ask for help from her colleague at a witches’ conclave where the devil is asked to intervene, and within just a few days, the neighbour is found dead. Disturbed by her dreams becoming a reality, Cat throws herself into her work, but as more bodies are found with links to her and her life, she confronts her colleague to find out exactly what kind of help she has accepted.
Impeccably plotted, intricately nuanced and shot through with darkly wicked humour, The Devil Upstairs perfectly captures the shadowy beauty and mystery of Edinburgh, whilst posing questions on the darker side of human nature.
About the Author:
Anthony O’Neill is the son of an Irish policeman and an Australian stenographer. He was born in Melbourne and lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of Scheherazade, a revisionist Arabian Nights epic; The Lamplighter, a psychological horror novel set in Victorian Scotland; The Empire of Eterinty , a history-mystery involving Napoleon Bonaparte and the early years of Egyptology; The Unscratchables, a Swiftian satire featuring dog and cat detectives; and The Dark Side, a crime novel set on the far side of the moon.
This is the first book by Anthony I have read and it certainly will not be my last. Anthony has created a wonderful horror: it's creepy, well written and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. like any good horror book it kept me guessing which made the book hard to put down, in fact I hope there’s more books to come involving these characters. The writing style and pacing keep the whole story cooking along, and the characters are fleshed out very well. I loved the atmosphere, the well written cast of characters and the gripping and entertaining plot. Overall, it’s an entertaining and well written story that has a lot of appeal.