Reading The Lowest Rated Book on my Goodreads ‘TBR’ #3: Reviewing The Lodger by C.L. Taylor

Hello, my name is Judith! Welcome to my blog, ReadandReview.

Welcome to another blog post in my mini-series, where I read and explore the lowest rated books on my Goodreads ‘to be read’ list.


The Book

I’ve been reading a lot of C.L. Taylor recently, and I enjoy her work. I will soon be reviewing her newest book, Strangers. Over time, I’ve added quite a few of her books to my Goodreads ‘to be read’ list. When scouring Goodreads for more of her books, I came across, The Lodger, a short story available for free to those who sign up to her newsletter, which you can do here.

The Lodger has an average rating of 3.35 on Goodreads out of 63 ratings. This doesn’t look bad, although readership is clearly small. This is probably due to the fact access to The Lodger requires an email sign-up form; I don’t think the story can be purchased.


The Review

The Lodger is a short thriller with some exciting twists. It focuses on Laura, who is grieving the death of her husband, Steven. When Laura’s home is broken into a friend of a friend moves in as a lodger. However, someone has got their eye on Laura. She’s being watched.

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I enjoyed The Lodger.

Admittedly, it took a small while to set up the premise for the story which, unfortunately, left less room for creepy and disturbing things to happen. However, once these things began happening, I was hooked.

I liked Laura’s character, and there were some unexpected twists which shocked me.

My only real issue with The Lodger is that the story is over so quickly; I would love this idea to be developed into a full-length novel. I often say this with short stories I enjoyed!

Overall, I don’t think The Lodger  has a low rating because it’s bad. I think it’s pretty good, but not many have had the chance to read it.


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Have you read The Lodger? What did you think? If not, would you be inspired to read it for yourself?

– Judith

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