Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Woman At 46 Heath Street by Lesley Sanderson

The letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor: Your husband is having an affair.

Six words written in neat block letters. Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.

But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.

Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street

If you loved The Wife Between UsThe Girl on The Train and The Secret Mother, you will be totally hooked by this twisty and gripping read about family secrets, marriage betrayal and the dark side of love.

My Thoughts

What on earth is going on at 46 Heath Street? A lovely home that has been owned by the same family for years may have some secrets hiding behind it's doors.

It took me a hot minute to figure out that the story was revolving around the residents of this address. When I realized this, my first thought was wow this is such a unique approach and it really worked! We get to live in the present with Ella struggling  to cope with her marriage falling apart. We also get to live in the past with Nancy's diary entries that had me dying to know what the connection was.

I felt my heart strings being tugged on as Ella tried to understand why her husband Chris had suddenly changed in every way. He had a drastic personality change and suddenly wanted to force her out of the home that she loved. Was there another woman? As things started to spiral out of control, Ella tried to hang on to 46 Heath Street with all her power.

I loved the past and the present aspect of this story. It made me ponder how each home has a story to tell. If only those walls could talk. There was an added bonus of a creep factor woven into the story that I loved! As Ella received creepy notes, things left on her doorstep and visitors in the night I felt a growing concern for her safety.  I found myself wanting to scream at Ella as she would want to investigate the late night noises in the dark overgrown garden. No Ella, do not go outside!

A shocking ending that managed to bring past and present together. This book not only told a story of the woman living at 46 Heath Street, but in fact all the women that had lived at that address.  A fascinating story that kept me flipping the pages late into the night. Find out what secrets are hiding within the walls of 46 Heath Street!

About the author: 
Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

The Orchid Girls is her first psychological thriller.

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since. She is particularly interested in the psychology of female relationships.

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The Woman at 46 Heath Street by Lesley Sanderson


  1. Great review! I had trouble explaining the diaries without giving anything away. You did it perfectly,. x

    1. Well thank you so much, I appreciate that! Your review was fantastic! What a great blog tour xx


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