The Heights by Louise Candlish

The Heights by Louise Candlish is a story about hate and how it can become an all-consuming obsession.


Ellen Saint is working at a client’s home when she sees a man standing atop a roof terrace across from her. A man that she was confident she would never see again. Why was Ellen so sure, you ask? Because she killed him just over two years ago.

That’s all I shall say about the plot.

Review of The Heights by Louise Candlish

As is the trend these days, this suspenseful story has multiple POVs, parts, and timelines.

Ellen’s sections were the most exhausting to read. Supposedly, she’s a nice person, but the reader hardly ever witnesses it. The object of her hate was still legally a minor when her obsession began.

In one of my other recent reviews, I stated that that was the slow burns of all slow burns. I take it back – this might top that one. The first three parts were slower than slow, made even more so by Ellen’s single-minded focus.

With most books, I will generally prefer one timeline over another. And that was the case here. I enjoyed the more recent timeline over the one leading up to it.

The Heights by Louise Candlish

The final quarter was a doozy. This is where everything started to get juicy, and the pace finally picked up. While I guessed some of the twists, I didn’t get them all. Some of the final twists were quite clever. The ending made me bump this up to 3 stars.

This was my first time reading Louise Candlish, and I will be keeping a lookout for future books.

I recommend this book to those wanting a slowly plotted suspense that could also be considered a character study.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 01 March 2022

Thank you to Atria and Simon & Schuster Canada for an arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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