eARC Review: The Lady Upstairs, by Halley Sutton

the lady upstairs halley suttonRating: ★★★☆☆

Categories: Mystery, Noir, Psychological Thriller, F/F


I received an advance copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Jo has been working for the Lady Upstairs for three years , and is so close to paying her debt. She makes ends meet by finding the perfect girl to seduce a powerful, awful man and with her help, blackmail him for the things they do to the girls. Things start going wrong when one of the girls starts falling in love with her mark, and then things escalate and she finds herself dealing with a dead body.

I read this because the words “noir” and “Sapphic main character” will make me pick up a book quicker than lightning. This was a fun, quick read that kept me really entertained. I wanted to know how Jo was going to deal with her debt to the Lady, now that things were so complicated with a murder and all, and who this Lady even was, and the situation of will-they-won’t-they with Lou. I think none of the characters were three dimensional, Jo has the most nuance, but even her personality can be summed up by “has a drinking problem and is in love with Lou”. It was a bit of a predictable plot, a bit too predictable characters. If you like knowing exactly what you’re getting into and are okay with the twists being not ALL that twist-y or impossible to guess, you’ll enjoy this.

The best part of the book is that it’s exactly what it promises: Sapphic ladies taking revenge on awful men and blackmailing them for a living. It’s definitely a very typical book of the noir genre and a very cool debut! I look forward to what more the author will be writing in the future!

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