THE SKYLIGHT by Louise Candlish #QuickReads @readingagency @midaspr @louise_candlish #TheSkylight

I’m so pleased to be highlighting this years Quick Reads list and today I’m sharing my review of one of those titles. The Skylight by Louise Candlish.


Louise Candlish, The Skylight (Simon & Schuster)

They can’t see her, but she can see them… Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they’ve got over for dinner. She knows what mood they’re in before they even step out the door. There’s nothing wrong with looking, is there? Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime…


This wonderfully tense and compelling read had me hooked right from the very start. So much drama packed into just 89 pages it will have you glued to the page!

Simone and her boyfriend Jake live in a second floor flat. Unknown to anyone else, Simone can see directly down into the kitchen of the flat downstairs, owned by a couple called Gus and Alina. She can see what and when they eat and who joins them for drinks and a spot of dinner. If they are having an argument, rushed and late to leave the house or in an ordinary everyday mood. Until one day she sees………………………….

No. I’m not going to reveal anymore as it would be all too easy to spoil the plot but I found it a fantastic suspenseful read which I enjoyed every single page of. Tension, suspense, Louise Candlish’s writing, concentrated down into a double strength version of domestic noir. Brilliant!

About The Author

Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Other Passenger and thirteen other novels. Our House won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. It is now in development for a major TV series. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Louise Candlish, author of The Skylight (Simon & Schuster) said: It’s an honour to be involved in this [next] year’s Quick Reads. Reading set me on the right path when I was young and adrift and it means such a lot to me to be a part of literacy campaign that really does change lives.”

All Six Of This Years Titles

OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE: The Baby is Mine (Atlantic)

LOUISE CANDLISH: The Skylight (Simon & Schuster)

KATIE FFORDE: Saving the Day (Arrow)

PETER JAMES: Wish You Were Dead (Macmillan)

CAITLIN MORAN: How to Be a Woman, abridged (Ebury)


One in six adults in the UK – approximately 9 million people – find reading difficult, and one in three people do not regularly read for pleasure.

As you may know, Quick Reads plays a vital role in addressing these shocking statistics by inspiring emergent readers, as well as those with little time or who have fallen out of the reading habit, with entertaining and accessible writing from the very best contemporary authors.

This year Quick Reads is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, which means that over five million copies of Quick Reads titles have been distributed since the life-changing programme began in 2006. To celebrate, for every book bought until 31 July, another copy will be gifted to help someone discover the love of reading.



27 May 2021 | £1 | #QuickReads

Huge thanks to Hannah Bright of Midas Publications for the copy of The Skylight to read and review and for the opportunity to help highlight this years Quick Reads.

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