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Spare Room

Written by: Dreda Say Mitchell
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
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Home is where the nightmare is. The number one international best seller everyone can't stop talking about.

Beautiful double room to let to single person.

Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

Compelled to uncover the secrets of the man who lived in the room before her, Lisa is alarmed when increasingly disturbing incidents start to happen. Someone doesn’t want Lisa to find out the truth.

As the four walls of this house and its secrets begin to close in on Lisa, she descends into a hellish hall of mirrors where she’s not sure what’s real and what’s not as she claws her way towards the truth....

This room has already claimed one victim.

Is it about to take another?

©2019 Dreda Say Mitchell (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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A good book

I enjoyed listening to this story very much.... you won’t be disappointed buying it... narration was well done.

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Wow!

So exciting! I couldn’t put it down. Each chapter had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. If you enjoy psychological thrillers you will definitely enjoy this one.

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Keeps you listening

This was a great story. Not many books keep me listening when I have other things to be doing. Enjoy

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So interesting!

I really enjoyed this book, I was so interested the whole way through! so twisted and unique, I didn't see the end coming!

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  • JJM
  • 2020-02-03

EXCEPTIONAL

From the beginning of this book I knew it would be different from anything else I have read and enjoyed. True meaning of a thriller right through to the end. A page turner through to the last chapter.

The narrator was awesome - switching from character to character effortlessly. I look forward to reading more of Dreda Say Mitchell's books in the future.

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Very suspenseful but predictable outcome

The story was really well read- loved the narrator but the ending was so predictable so nothing came as a twist or surprise ending , also took a little long to get to the point

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A little unexpected

I found the story a little dragging at times but only because I couldn’t work out the story fast enough. It was right at the end when all the pieces fell into place. The narrator was easy and enjoyable to listen to. #recommendtoafriend

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meh...

my husband is just recently into book and he wanted to listen to this one. I was excited as we could both listen and "compare" notes. the premise looked good but I feel a tad disappointed. Not as edgy as I thought and predictable.

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Predictable and Slow-moving

It doesn’t take long to figure out what’s happening. The narrator doesn’t match the story or the characters. The author called paramedics “goons”. Overall not that great of a story.

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Terrible

What a waste of credit, I kept waiting for the suspense but it never came. Extreme repetitive chapters and annoying main character. One of the worst of this genre I have read this year.

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  • Old Hippy
  • 2019-07-03

What a nice surprise!

I've probably got 500 or more titles in my Audible library, spanning 12 or 13 years. By now I've gotten just a little jaded, finding it a trial to keep writing book reviews. I'm partial to so-called psychological thrillers, but - honestly now - don't they start to feel a little like the same tale told over and over? How often do the lame publisher summaries start by saying "If you loved Girl On A Train ..." or "Just as great as Gone Girl"? Well, this is a gripping new story and not at all cookie-cutter. Kept me hooked and guessing right to the end. And a wholly satisfying ending it was. Plus the narrator is a perfect match for the story. What more could you want?

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  • Christalpistol
  • 2019-06-04

Can you suspend disbelief?

If the answer is yes, then this is the book for you! This is a weird and confusing book. Initially I was so excited I preordered the book and couldn’t wait to read it! I thought the premise sounded so creepy and psychological thrillers are my fav. The book started out strong but the petered put pretty quickly. The whole reason behind spare room is so implausible! The characters are all unlikeable, and miserable. Namely, the main character. She was on my nerves from beginning and being in her head sucked. She was a whiny, annoying character. I think the author could have made a few changes and the book would have been far more realistic. But still I didn’t buy the twist it was a let down. The narration was fine, story not so much.

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  • Miasha Shannon
  • 2019-07-18

I couldn't wait to get back to it

This book drew me in. I started it to pass the time driving my kids, and before I knew it, I was walking around with headphones. A must read.

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  • Wendi
  • 2019-06-09

Decent premise and story, ending just dumb..

Spare Room has potential I started to get excited while reading the story of a young girl who agrees to rent out an odd couple's spare room for six months. The circumstances were weird, the couple were secretive, and when, on the second day into the lease, they started asking their new tenant to get out, I knew there was more to the story than just eccentric landlords. The problem is, 'the more' is what I ended up not caring about. Our main character is a whining bore, and I just didn't care about her, or her friends and family. It's hard to care what the 'twists' are when you are ambivalent about the characters.

Meh, read it if you want- but I wouldn't pay a full credit for it, nor would I keep it on my wish list. Might be ok if you get it on sale,or a two-for-one.

-Wendi

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  • Val
  • 2019-11-05

Good Book

I enjoyed this book, though it did start out slow. It wasn’t until chapter 9 that I felt like the book was finally gaining momentum. There were a few twist and turns I didn’t expect but they made the story what it was.
Kristen Atherton did a delightful job of narrating the book and I felt that she truly brought Lisa to life.

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  • eh chaponis
  • 2019-07-02

Spare Room

Wow! This book sucked me right in! Great characters, twists and turns plus, can’t wait to read more by Dreda, a now favorite author!! Kudos,Dreda!!!

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  • Mila Chorosz
  • 2019-09-26

Uninteresting characters

I’m not sure how i feel about this one. Did i dislike it? No.. did i LIKE it? Probably also no...

Story is about a woman that rents a room from a not so nice couple in a room, and ends up finding hidden messages on a wall from a previous occupant (although the couple claims no one rented this room before her) so she tries to get all Nancy drew on it and figure out what it all means, meanwhile enduring all sorts of petty s**** from her roommate couple.

The characters seemed one dimensional and i couldn’t connect with anyone, maybe Alex a little bit. He seemed the most REAL doing things that a real person would do. The plot twist towards the end was surprising, sure. But not “smack you in a face with a OMG twist” that makes you LOVE the entire story. And what actually happened in that room was bizarre, unbelievable (who would actually do that?!) and the reasoning behind all of characters actions left me unsatisfied and meh...

I was actually glad it was over and i could move on to something else. 2.5/5 stars rounded up to ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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  • Langs 30
  • 2019-07-23

Dragged a bit in places. Not bad; not great.

It was really just Ok. Characters were forgettable. Story was predictable and lagged in places at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-25

Don’t waste your money or credit

This would’ve been a great story if it weren’t so unrealistic. I thought the book was incredibly slow and the main character a little annoying. Overall the story could’ve been tightened up and would’ve made a better read. I actually returned this one

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-10-25

on and on and on.....

Not a book I would recommend. Very drawn out. I was ready to pull my hair out.

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