The Room Mates

"...Sargeant has more red herrings up her sleeve than a fish monger. "



University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo's first week is quickly going from bad to worse.


A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…


When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo's recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…

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I always measure a good book on how I feel when I've finished and if I'd like to know what the surviving characters do next. If I'm thinking of them long afterwards, then it was definitely a book worth reading and recommending. 'The Room Mates' by Rachel Sargeant is one of those books. Four students from different backgrounds are thrown together to share a flat at university. They each have their own quirks, backstories and oddities. When one of them goes missing, the others must work together to find out what happened to their new friend. A story of students investigating a missing person could descend into Enid Blyton territory but Sargeant is too good a writer to give in to cliché. She has created four well-rounded and developed characters, all of whom you care for. They're confident yet vulnerable; happy yet suffering in silence. It's the complexities of the flesh and blood characters that gives 'The Room Mates' an exciting edge that will keep you reading long into the night. Sargeant is a canny writer. She knows her market and she knows her readers. Fans of psychological thrillers know they're going to be wrong-footed and Sargeant has more red herrings up her sleeve than a fish monger. The finale is breath taking and fraught with tension. It's human, raw, dark, and bloody brilliant.

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