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  1. Sue Wallace Sue Wallace says:

    Downside up by Jane thornley Jenna Elson has tried to escape her troubled past but her uncle’s sudden death has brought her home to LondonThe police have ruled the death accidental but Jenna’s aunt is screaming murder Wheelchair bound and as formidable as ever Aunt Clair urges Jenna to play their old game of “be my eyes” and search for clues from her childhood refuge far above the city streetsThough Jenna knows every chimney and every dormer of those Victorian rooftops the night landscape has changed Renovations and skylights have made spying on the neighbours easier—even addictive—but navigating her old sanctuary has become treacherous a killer lurks nearby and nowhere is safea fantastic read I loved the story and I tried to guess who it could be But i ended up with the wrong person I liked the ending too I do hope there is to come 5


  2. Cindy Cindy says:

    Enjoyed the plot and some of the red herrings planted along the way The heroine's childhood adventure of using the roof tops as her way to escape poor parenting made for an interesting look at the world Will look for Book 2 in series The author's other series CRIME BY DESIGN is not in kindle format and so will wait for other options to get of her books


  3. Sammie Sammie says:

    In Downside Up Jane Thornley delivers a thrilling page turner that had me up late frantically turning pages trying to figure out who the killer wasSummaryJenna Elson had a troubled childhood which she escaped from at every chance she could When she was young with Aunt Clair’s urging and to Uncle Dan’s chagrin it took the form of “roofing”—scaling Marlytree Terrace where they lived and spying on the lives of the people below Now that she’s older and found her escape by traveling the world Jenna finds herself drawn back to London and things have changedTo start with Uncle Dan is dead and though it was ruled accidental Aunt Clair seems to think it was murder To make matters worse Aunt Clair has enlisted the help of two young men—Jake the gardener and HarryHenry the tech wiz—and immediately starts making changes to the houseBut not everything’s changed Jenna had thought her roofing days were past her; she was wrong She revives her childhood game with help from her aunt to try to uncover her uncle’s killer The suspect Brian Dunn an artist with a penchant for brutal nude slasher paintingsThings become even complicated when Jenna takes a dive through the skylight of one Nicholas Hewitt a handsome actor with a killer voice—potentially literally After sustaining a mild concussion Jenna wakes to find her memories scattered and fragmented All she knows for sure is that it’s vital to regain her memories because that night holds the key to uncovering the truth behind her uncle’s death And one thing’s for certain the killer’s not done yet with the residents of Marlytree TerraceThe Good The storytelling is fantastic There’s a wonderful blend of description rooting you firmly in each scene and character voice and action The plot unfolds naturally in a way that keeps the reader engaged but constantly guessing I’m usually pretty darn good at figuring out the killer in mysteries but I was slightly off I mean I was almost right Sort of Okay I’d give myself 50 points and the other 50 points I’d give to Jane Thornley for stumping me unfortunately for her just like Whose Line Is It Anyway the points don’t matter The characters There was not a single bad character in this story each with their own uniue voices and depth of character right down to the dog Mac who almost seemed hellbent in his own way on solving his master’s murder Jenna is a strong independent lead who is extremely relatable Oftentimes in the story she was thinking what I was thinking The whole cast has a way of growing on you especially Aunt Clair There’s much to her character than meets the eye and I loved the way her character unfolds throughout the book The mystery was very well done There were just enough clues and just enough red herrings but not the annoying sort Like I said I’m pretty good at guessing in general but I only got partial credit for this one Definitely did not predict the ending I wasn’t thrilled with the motive either as it felt sort of weak but people like that do exist and I don’t have to like them either So it was believable at least Can we talk about that romance though This isn’t a romance book not by any means and Jenna isn’t looking for love I mean she’s successful in her career has all the money she needs isn’t looking to be the “perfect little wife” She tried dating found it wasn’t for her and decided to focus on her career But she falls into romance sort of literally I’m not saying it’s love and neither is she but there’s a definite attraction there She’s built up this ideal of him in her head and is not at all surprised to find that he doesn’t live up to the dream hunk she’s fantasized about but that’s real life isn’t it There’s nothing wrong with that In fact I loved every minute of it IT’S A TRILOGY Sorry but the crushing realization that I’d have to rejoin the real world and leave Marlytree Terrace came crashing down around me as I read the last page But huzzah All hope is not lost It turns out that there will be two books and I for one cannot waitThe Bad There were a few things when all was said and done that had me shaking my head trying to figure out why someone didn’t discover X Y Z sooner There were definitely a few moments where it seemed like mere convenience that the police didn’t turn up certain things when they obviously should have The biggest one it opens with is Uncle Dan’s murder an autopsy should have raised suspicions about homicide versus accidental for a halfway decent coroner There’s another big one toward the end that raised red flags and had me going no way it wasn’t uncovered in the investigation The lack of explanation in these instances annoyed the crap out of me but weren’t so far out that they couldn’t be forgiven and probably they could have been explained in plausible manners; they just weren’t There’s two other books and I don’t have them yet I mean this is seriously one sided but there’s not a whole lot I have to say that counts as a negative Boo for not giving me negatives Just out of spite I’m taking back those 50 points from earlier for writing such a flawless bookOverallIf for some reason you can only read ten books in 2018 I would recommend Downside Up be on the list It’s a really uick light read fairly short but lots of action and mystery packed into it Once I started reading I just couldn’t get enough and I had to know who the murderer was and if my suspicions were true they weren’t so I guess I shouldn’t be rushing out to become a police officer huh I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the seuelsDisclaimer I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Cathy Ragsdale Cathy Ragsdale says:

    Could not put it down it is outstanding


  5. N.W. Moors N.W. Moors says:

    Jenna Elson has returned to London to help her Aunt Clair after the death of Uncle Dan Clair's brother The police have ruled it accidental but Clair is convinced that Dan was murdered by one of their neighbors Clair has been bound to a wheelchair since childhood and is also agoraphobic so it's up to Jenna to investigate even if she thinks her aunt may be having fantasies Clair was always the impractical guardian encouraging Jenna to escape to the rooftops and be Clair's eyes reporting back on the world that Clair will never see Now Jenna can use that ability to spy on the neighbors and try to find Dan's killer The neighbors are an eclectic group worthy of participation in a Christie story There's the odd painter of slasher nudes the handsome and esteemed Shakespearean actor the lonely old lady and her cats and As Jenna eavesdrops and learns she becomes suspicious of the two young men her aunt has hired one to tear up the garden and the other to instruct Clair on her technology skills Then there are murders though Jenna suffers a fall and a head injury which gives her partial amnesia I loved the idea of a person 'roofing' as Jenna calls it London is a perfect city for this with it's rowhouses and chimney sentinels Dickens certainly used this idea and I've read numerous Regency and Victorian historicals where roofs were used for passages by cat burglars and spies This is the first book set in modern times that I've read where someone takes advantage of the aerial roadways and it fits in perfectly here Jenna's backstory explains her fascination with going up and about No one is whom they seem in this thriller I admit I figured out the killer pretty early though I was surprised at another little twist but the characters are very interesting and different fun to read about I liked how Ms Thornley portrays Jenna's viewpoint of them as she watches them from the roofs versus once she actually starts to interact with them She finds she has misunderstood much of what she saw from a distance which only makes the mystery puzzling and frustrating with her mind only remembering partial flashes of what happenedI must give a special shout out to Mac Uncle Dan's dog He is just adorable and has his own place in the cast of characters There are two books planned in this series and I look forward to them both wanting to read of Jenna's marvelous eyeprints from the roofs of London


  6. Steph Warren Steph Warren says:

    I received a free ARC of this book The decision to review and my opinions are my ownDownside Up is a murder mystery crime thriller with the added dimension that the main character is a secret ‘roofing’ addictJenna spends a large portion of the plot either climbing or hiding around her neighbours’ rooftops in her own spin on the parkour trend which gives us a standard mystery plot but from a different point of view than usual which I found an intriguing twist on the standardThis book also fulfils my main pre reuisite for a mystery novel which is not being able to guess whodunnit I firmly believed the killer was a certain character throughout the story and thought myself pretty damn clever for seeing past the author’s feints to work it outso obvious Only to find out that I had been thoroughly red herringed during the final reveal It’s very rare that happens these days as my instincts have been honed with practice so it was a nice surprise to find that I can still be both hoodwinked and bamboozledI really enjoyed the characterisation here as well It was nice to see an orphan adopted by family members who are neither perfect saints nor evil villains but flawed people doing their best with what they have Aunt Clair in particular was a breath of fresh if selfish and aggravating airDownside Up is the first in a trilogy so I am fascinated to see how Jenna’s character will develop now that this first personal mystery has been solved and her life course has been altered somewhat as a result I’m especially interested to discover if and if so how her roofing addiction will fit into further plots as it struck me as something of a situationally dependent skill I look forward to finding out in the next two installments


  7. Hannelore Cheney Hannelore Cheney says:

    Thank you Netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the eARCJenna has left Toronto for London to help her aunt Clair after the death of Uncle Dan Clair's brother Clair is certain Dan didn't die accidentally in a fall but was murdered by one of the neighbors She wants Jenna to be her eyes to find the truthClair is wheelchair bound as well as agoraphobic and Jenna loves climbing the roofs a practice she started as a child to mentally escape her unhappy childhood Staying in touch by cellphone Jenna describes the views from above as well as peeks into the neighbors' livesThey soon realize Dan was murdered when killings occur and Jenna is determined to bring the killer to justice Unfortunately she is attacked on one of her surveillance trips and her memory is severely disabled Will she be able to find the murderer As she grows close to the actor she has a crush on as well as the neighbor she originally suspected of being Dan's killer and her memory returns slowly she realizes the motive for the killings is moneyThis book is so enjoyable; I loved the little dog the mental views of rooftop London the eclectic mix of eccentric characters and of course Jenna's solving of the mystery Happily 2 books are to follow and I for one can't wait


  8. Jill Elizabeth Jill Elizabeth says:

    This was a very cool book and a very promising trilogy opening Jenna's roofing travels and travails and her be my eyes game for her wheelchair bound Aunt make for a uniue spin on the regular girl solves mysteries theme It's a bit Rear Window meets a cozy mystery but with a grittier feel than either descriptor suggests on its own The writing is very good and I was sucked into the story and the family drama underpinning it from the opening pages The characters are a melange of personalities and uirks and there are so many layers to everyone's motivation that even when I saw something coming it was uickly followed by some new element that shifted the uestions and suspense in a new direction I'm definitely looking forward to the next installmentMy review copy was provided by NetGalley


  9. Trihaly Trihaly says:

    This was a nice breath of fresh air I highly enjoyed climbing over the rooftops and seeing the world under a new perspective This book captivated me and every time I put it down I kept thinking about it until I inevitably went back to reading a few pages It's one of those books that keep you guessing until the very end I'm normally really good at figuring out who the culprit is but I have to say in this case I didn't Even if I was pretty close


  10. Gayle B Gayle B says:

    This is the first book I read by Jane Thornley and loved it Very suspenseful Lots of twists and turns A real page turner Excellently written I loved the character of Jenna And a bonus character Mac the dog I am happy to put books by Jane Thornley on my TBR listI received a free copy and voluntarily reviewed this book


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Downside Up (None of the Above Book 1) [PDF] ✅ Downside Up (None of the Above Book 1) By Jane Thornley – Thomashillier.co.uk Jenna’s back on the roof again But she's no longer a troubled child This time she's hunting a killer Jenna Elson has tried to escape her troubled past but her uncle’s sudden death has brought her Jenna’s back on the roof again But she's no longer a troubled child This time she's hunting a killer Jenna Elson has tried to escape her troubled past but her uncle’s sudden death has brought her home to London The police have ruled the death accidental but Jenna’s aunt is screaming murder Wheelchair bound and as formidable as ever Aunt Clair urges Jenna to play their old game of “be my eyes” and search for clues from her childhood refuge far above the city streets Though Jenna knows every chimney and every dormer of those Victorian rooftops the night landscape has changed Renovations and skylights have made spying on the neighbours easier—even addictive—but navigating her old sanctuary has become treacherous a killer lurks nearby and nowhere is safe When Jenna’s sleuthing comes to a crashing end leaving her memory damaged she knows she’s lost something crucial amid her brain’s scrambled images Dark revelations challenge her trust in those closest to her and danger is stalking her every step But time is running out and Jenna must pull herself together before death strikes the final blow and takes everything she loves with it Downside Up Book in a trilogy is a pulse pounding psychological suspense If you like character driven thrills lavish settings and twists that will leave you guessing then you’ll love this addictive new series The storytelling is fantastic There's a wonderful blend of description rooting you firmly in each scene and character voice and action A thrilling page turner that leaves you wanting Excellent suspenseful story Wow her descriptions put you there exactly there.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 226 pages
  • Downside Up (None of the Above Book 1)
  • Jane Thornley
  • 04 August 2016