Nevo, an Israeli author, has written an interesting novel. Three Floors Up is divided into three sections, each being narrated by a resident of a three story apartment in Tel Aviv. The first segment is Arnon describing to a friend an experience his young daughter had with an elderly, demonstrative neighbor suffering from Alzheimer’s. The second part is Hani, mother of two young children who writes to an old friend about her experience with her brother-in-law who is on the run from the police. The third “floor” is Devorah, a widowed retired judge speaking to her deceased husband through their answering machine about her life since his death.
Each story is innovative, exciting and provocative. Although Three Stores Up is not a mystery, it is a page turner nonetheless.