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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Book Review: Through the Wall by Caroline Corcoran

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Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it...

Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom.

But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing...

Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand.

Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop...


Chilling and disturbing, Through the Wall is a perfect example of modern psychological fiction.

Living just metres apart yet never having spoken face to face, neighbours Lexie and Harriet live a lifestyle similar to countless other young people across London. However, when each begins to pry into the other's life, the number one rule of life in the capital falls by the wayside and the two become tangled together in a way they never could have imagined.

Told alternately from the perspective of each woman, the narrative flicks between past and present to weave a tale that is harrowing and deeply concerning. Of course, neither Lexie nor Harriet leads a perfect life, yet to one another, they each find themselves growing increasingly jealous as they covet the other's life. However, all those online snaps and social media posts only show the very best, and the truth is that both are unhappy and struggling to cope - albeit for very different reasons.

This just goes to show that social media should only ever be taken at face value; it's impossible to know everything that is really going on beneath the surface of the very best of a life that is proudly displayed online. Take social media with a pinch of salt, and you're bound to feel much better about your own life in turn.

Although the story is a slow burner, it is still gripping and packed with important reveals spread throughout the course of the book. Tense and heavily loaded, Through the Wall is a strong debut and a creepy, chilling novel to sink your teeth into this winter.

Rating: 3 stars

Through the Wall is available to buy now.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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