Book Review: 214 Palmer Street by Karen McQuestion

A house with a secret. A woman with nothing to lose.

When Maggie sees the beautiful Venetian blinds moving in the Caldwells’ front window, she freezes. Her favourite neighbours Cady and Josh are away, so who is in their house?

The pretty young woman who answers the door tells a convincing story. She’s Sarah. The house-sitter. Just here for a month. An old friend of Cady’s who needed a place to stay. She’s pleasant and warm, and Maggie wanders back to her house thinking she might have made a new friend. Yet she can’t help but wonder why Cady never mentioned Sarah.

What Maggie doesn’t know is that on the other side of the door, Sarah is starting to panic. No one was meant to see her at 214 Palmer Street…

Book cover for 214 Palmer Street showing title in bold yellow text with a woman looking out of the upstairs window of a house.

The blurb for this one grabbed me, I wanted to know what Sarah was doing in that house… I’m glad I decided to find out as this was a well plotted psychological thriller that had me guessing at exactly what was going on and what secrets were being hidden for a long time. I never did quite manage to work it out before it was revealed.

Sarah is an interesting character who as we got to know her a bit more at first seemed like a bit of a naïve and easily manipulated but we came to discover that underneath her fairly meek exterior was a woman with a backbone and the courage to see things through no matter what it may cost her.

I took a fairly quick dislike to her husband Kirk who on the surface was a ‘nice guy’ always putting Sarah first but there was something about his niceness that seemed manipulative. He was well written but not a character I would like to spend time with should I come across them in real life.

I won’t say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. If you enjoy a well written psychological thriller this is definitely one you should pick up.

With thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

214 Palmer Street is available now.