Irish Times

‘In her realistic, multifaceted fiction centred on precarious relationships she has more in common with writers like David Nicholls and Laura Barnett than the ghost story genre that frames her narrative . . . What makes The Upstairs Room so compelling are the characters’ interior lives’

The Irish Times

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Kate Saunders, The Times

‘Ghosts? Lurking sense of evil? You may find them here but the truly creepy element in this superbly unsettling first novel is only too real — property. Kate Murray-Browne has stuck her pen directly into the throbbing vein of the modern middle-class nightmare . . . Forget everything you thought you knew about spooky little girls in fiction; Murray-Browne uses the clichés to confound the reader’s expectations, and it’s utterly compelling’

Kate Saunders, The Times

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David Sexton, Evening Standard

The Upstairs Room is compulsively readable without being at all melodramatic or cheaply noir. Murray-Browne commands a lucid and reasonable prose, just the way to conduct you unprotestingly into this deranging subject matter . . . Such cool writing looks easy. It’s not. Murray-Browne is an expert editor and it shows’

David Sexton, Evening Standard

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