Customer Review

Reviewed in Australia on 5 September 2021
Sarah Bailey is one of my very favourite Australian writers. Her Gemma Woodstock crime series is firmly up there in my all time favourite series. The Housemate is a standalone crime novel and it is fantastic. I found it very hard to put down, needing to know what would happen next. It is full of twists and surprises so even though you might think you have it all worked out you will most likely be wrong. A cast of great characters and a story that could be ripped straight from the newspapers today, Sarah has another hit on her hands.

The Housemate is told from the point of view of Olive Groves, an investigative journalist in Melbourne. 9 years ago she worked on The Housemates Homicide as it was dubbed by the papers. 3 women sharing a house in St Kilda - one murdered, one missing. Now, almost a decade later, the missing housemate is found dead on a property in rural Victoria. Olive has been obsessed with the case this whole time and now she gets the chance to write about it again. Her paper throws her together with Cooper Ng, who is working on a podcast on the case, something she is not happy about but they make a great team.

I loved the character of Copper. He is was funny and smart and liked to wind Oli up. He is the future of news reporting and Oli just wants to stick with print media. Their relationship was really enjoyable. As they dig deeper, all is not as it first seemed and things get dangerous for all concerned.

It is hard to express just how great this story is. There is alot that I can't say without spoiling it so you are just going to have to get yourself a copy of The Housemate on August 31st to read for yourself. And while you are at it, grab the Gemma Woodstock series if you haven't already. I promise that you will not be disappointed.
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