Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: January 5th, 2021
Synopsis: All children have imaginary friends, Georgina tells herself. It’s perfectly normal, and they all grow out of it in the end. But when her seven-year-old son Cody, tells her about New Granny, the new friend he’s met in the park, Georgina is instantly suspicious. Something—call it maternal instinct—tells her he isn’t making it up.
But maybe Georgina is losing her mind. It wouldn’t be the first time, after all. And with her own mother’s recent death leaving her bereft and trying to cope with life as a busy working mom, it’s no wonder she’s feeling paranoid that Cody has invented a “New Granny” to replace his beloved grandmother.
Her husband Bren, becomes the voice of reason, assuring Georgina that it’s just a game, the product of their son’s overactive imagination. But what if Cody’s imaginary friend isn’t so imaginary after all?
The Woman Outside My Door, is the debut novel by Irish author Rachel Ryan, and much to my delight, while it seems at first as though it’s going down the same predictable road as others in this genre, it takes a surprising twist and brings in part of Ireland’s dark history to boot. I have to be honest and state I really didn’t care for Bren at all and continually questioned why Georgina didn’t show him the door, but that was my one and only issue with the book. Everything else, from Georgina’s self-doubt, her past trauma, the identity of New Granny and the numerous twists that had me guessing from beginning to end, made for an engrossing and quick read. I highly recommend The Woman Outside My Door to readers looking for a puzzling mystery. I’ll definitely be looking out for Ryan’s next venture.