Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh

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Informed by her love of gothic fiction, burlesque and the bizarre, Welsh writes women whom men long for and fear in equal measure...
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Jane Logan is a stranger to Berlin and she finds the city alive and echoing with the ghosts of its turbulent past. At six months pregnant, she's instructed by her partner Petra to rest and enjoy her new life in Germany. But while Petra is out at work, Jane begins to feel uneasy in their chic apartment. Screams reverberate through the walls, lights flicker in the derelict building that looms over the yard, a shadow passes on the stairs ...Jane meets a neighbour's daughter, a girl whose life she tries to mend, but her involvement only further isolates her. Alone and haunted, Jane fears the worst ...but the worst is yet to come. Louise Welsh, the acclaimed author of The Cutting Room, delivers another masterful suspense novel. The Girl on the Stairs is a powerful psychological thriller packed with twists and turns to keep you reading well into the night. Read it, or be left in the dark.
 

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After a history degree from the University of Glasgow, Louise Welsh opened a second-hand bookshop, which she ran for several years before becoming a full-time author. THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS was her first book for John Murray but she has written four other critically acclaimed crime and suspense novels: The Cutting Room, The Bullet Trick, Tamburlaine Must Die and Naming the Bones. Louise has been the recipient of several awards including The John Creasey Memorial Dagger, the Saltire First Book Award, the Glenfiddich/Scotland on Sunday Spirit of Scotland Writing Award and City of Glasgow Lord Provost's Award for Literature. She is currently writer in residence for The University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art and has been awarded several international fellowships and residencies including a Robert Louis Stevenson Award and the Hawthornden Fellowship. Visit Louise's website for more information: http://www.louisewelsh.com/index.html
 
Published August 2, 2012 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Cathi Unsworth on Aug 31 2012

Informed by her love of gothic fiction, burlesque and the bizarre, Welsh writes women whom men long for and fear in equal measure...

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Reviewed by Natasha Tripney on Aug 04 2012

The novel's power is slightly undermined by a cluttered conclusion that piles revelation upon revelation...

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