I’ve long been meaning to get round to reading Louise’s thrillers. I picked up Those People at an event in Waterstones back in January of this year, and I’ve finally got round to reading it.
MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU’LL LOVE TO HATE
Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don’t follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence.
Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: They did it.
But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree. And the door they’re knocking on next is yours.
I think it’s a lot of people’s worst nightmare, to have bad neighbours. It can be quite daunting at first, I suppose, moving to a new neighbourhood; I’ve only moved to a new area once in my life so far. At first, you don’t know if you’re going to get on with the people in the immediate vicinity of your new home. But what happens if you’ve already established a safe, tight-knit community, and then outsiders come in. Outsiders who seem to have a strong urge to upset the balance. What do you do, when the council and the police don’t take your concerns seriously?
Louise Candlish has created a gripping tale in Those People. Lowland Way is a peaceful place to live, particularly for children to grow up. On Sunday’s, the neighbours have created a no go zone for cars, cutting off their street, so children can interact and play with each other on the road outside. All of this is about to be upset when Darren and Jodie move in. Darren and Jodie are neighbours from hell, they don’t listen to the concerns of the other people on the street, and it seems that they only want to create more tension between them. Then, the accident occurs.
At the start of this book, I was on the side of the people who were already living in the street. I felt that Darren and Jodie hadn’t taken the time to research the area properly before they moved in. If they had, then perhaps they might have realised this wouldn’t have been the place for them, but then there wouldn’t be a story.
Louise Candlish builds the frustration of the local residents to boiling point as they come to terms with what is happening to their paradise. We know that something dreadful is about to happen. We can see this through snippets from police interviews, as one by one, the streets residents are questioned.
As the story developed, I seemed to keep switching sides. There seemed to be no willingness to compromise between the already existing residents and Darren and Jodie. You can see how this is stretching the tension already between them to breaking point. But I could see why some of the residents were pushed to taking the actions that they did. With no help from the council or the police, you can seem utterly on your own, until something terrible happens.
Those People is an intense, gripping drama that’ll make you think about your own neighbours perhaps a little bit more. Highly recommended!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 27th June 2019 (hardcover) 26th December 2019 (paperback)
Print length: 384 pages
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