Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

spare room

This is the first book I’ve read by Dreda Say Mitchell, and I wasn’t disappointed. It begins with Lisa renting a room in a large house. The house is owned by a couple, Martha and Jack, who live there. The initial premise is a bit odd, and I questioned why Lisa would continue to stay in a house that allows no visitors, where the owners want her out, where there’s an element of domestic abuse and where the last tenant, who never existed according to the owners, committed suicide in the very room she’s renting.

I really liked this book, I did have to swallow some of the ridiculousness but it made it all the better. Some would say that it’s far-fetched or unbelievable but I’d argue that it was done in a way that worked. Some more elements include drug growing, infanticide, psychosis and bad parenting. It was weird, questionable, twisted and disturbing and I loved it! I actually think this book would make a really great horror movie, not something I say often.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.


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