Back of the book :
He thinks he’s safe up there. But he’ll never be safe from you.
The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him.
Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years. You know this for a fact.
Because you’re the one who killed him.
It’s time to confess what we did up there.
What I Think :
Ellen Saint’s Son Lucas was only 17 when he was killed by Kieran Watts.
Ellen wants revenge …
“Kieran Watts had been dead for over two years when I see him standing on the roof of a building in Shad Thames”
This is the opening line of a story entitled ‘Saint or Sinner’ that Ellen Saint has written for her writing class. Ellen is a member of the ‘Victims of violent crimes’ creative writing group. The only difference is that this that Ellen’s story is true. Its the true story of how her son was befriended, lead astray and then killed by Seventeen year old Kieran. It’s how it all began …
Ellen thought that Kieran was dead.
She was sure that she’d killed him over two years ago, so how can he be standing there, on the roof of one of the tallest buildings in London. Looking to all the world like he’s going to jump. He doesn’t of course, Ellen couldn’t be that lucky.
Ellen thought he was gone forever, so how can he be there …. ?
This story is told in parts. Part one is the story of how her son met Kieran and how things went terribly wrong. Part two is her ex-husband, Vic’s story and how he saw it all. It is slightly different in places from Ellen’s account of things, Part three is how it ended and the last part is what really happened on that terrible night of December 19, the night that Lucas died.
Along the way we also have extracts from a newspaper article entitled “Killing Time” that was written about Ellen and her story by a Sunday times reporter called Michaela Ross.
As with all this authors books, this is a brilliantly written psychological thriller that makes you sit back and think. Its very much a slow burner of a tale that builds up and builds up until it’s explosive ending. It covers a lot of current topics including, Drug taking and underage drinking. As a mother you always will want, no, need to protect your children at all costs, so my heart really went out to the main character Ellen quite a few times. However, I did think that a couple of times she could have handled things a little bit differently.
I really enjoyed this slightly different, tense and dark thriller and give it a really well-earned 9/10.
Published by Simon & Schuster on 05/08/21.
The biggest Thank you to Jess Barratt at Simon & Schuster for the fabulous review copy of the book in return for an honest review.