This is a faultless, suspenseful novel
An unnerving portrait of obsession that makes you nervous about your mousiest of neighbours
Comedy, pathos, sadness: nothing seems beyond her. Her new book has all this-and more. The Woman Upstairs is not a pretty read, but that is precisely what makes it so hard to put down.
Messud is a breathtaking writer ... a beautiful - and beautifully sustained - howl of fresh, fierce, furious rage.
Messud's prose is a delight ... addictive, memorable, intense