Blog Tour & Review – City Under One Roof by Iris Yamashita

More blog tours this week! So many posts this week and I’m getting back in the swing of things.

Thanks to Berkley Publishing for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review

CITY UNDER ONE ROOF – Iris Yamashita (Released January 10th, 2023)

Book Description:

A stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town where everyone lives in a single high-rise building, in this gripping debut by an Academy Award–nominated screenwriter.

When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot washed up on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. A detective from Anchorage, she has her own motives for investigating the possible murder in this isolated place, which can be accessed only by a tunnel.

After a blizzard causes the tunnel to close indefinitely, Cara is stuck among the odd and suspicious residents of the town—all 205 of whom live in the same high-rise building and are as icy as the weather. Cara teams up with Point Mettier police officer Joe Barkowski, but before long the investigation is upended by fearsome gang members from a nearby native village.

Haunted by her past, Cara soon discovers that everyone in this town has something to hide. Will she be able to unravel their secrets before she unravels?”

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

After a couple lackluster thrillers this week, this was exactly what I needed! There have been quite a few suspense books being billed as twisty thrillers lately and that’s been putting a damper on my reading experience, but CITY UNDER ONE ROOF is 100% the gripping thriller I was looking for. This is a debut written by an Oscar nominated screenwriter, and I can totally see it and have to look up what she worked on previously.

The setting is what truly sets this apart from other claustrophobic thrillers I’ve read. While most are in tiny, isolated communities that aren’t big fans of outsiders, but never have I read one where the entire population of the town is living in the same building. The title ties into the book in the most literal sense and I love it. The whole town, all 205 people, live in the same high-rise building and use a series of tunnels to travel in the harsh Alaskan winters. When body parts begin washing up on shore in Point Mettier, a detective from Anchorage, Cara Kennedy, is called in to help investigate the possible murder.

Naturally, a town of this size is going to be welcoming and turn on the small town charm, but once the outsider detective ends up stranded there, then that quickly fades away. After a blizzard closes one of the tunnels, Cara is stuck with the residents of Point Mettier as she tries to solve the case. Some twists and turns, memorable and quirky characters, and all kinds of secrets are revealed as the story progresses. I really enjoyed this and if you like the closed room type thrillers, then I highly recommend picking up this debut!

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