The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste.

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What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?
 
He’ll slice your flesh. 
Your bones he’ll keep.
 
Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. 
 
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper.  Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood.  But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone. 
 
The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.

MY THOUGHTS

The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste is one of the creepiest crime thrillers I’ve ever read. The story of the bone keeper is like a dark fairy tale, and the rhyme that people know, which is associated with him, will send shivers down your spine.

When police officers pick up a distressed young woman after being attacked, she insists that her attacker was ‘the bone keeper.’ This is a legendary figure which haunts the dreams of the locals who know the story very well. The police who are investigating the case take her claims, however, with a pinch of salt. How can it possibly be that a local legend is real? It must surely be someone taking advantage of the tale, mustn’t it?

Luca Veste is a writer who knows how to create atmosphere, and he knows how to pull the reader into the story. He creates a palpable sense of tension as we begin to learn more about what is going on here. I wanted to know what the real deal was here and who was behind the crimes taking place. I also wanted to find out more about the legend as well and what its origins were. I love a good crime thriller based around legend and folklore, and this book certainly fits that bill.

I really liked the detective investigating the crime, DC Louise Henderson, who certainly takes an interest in the tales of the legend. However, her colleagues are more sceptical, and they pretty much refuse to give it the time of day. But Louise knows that there is something more here than what first meets the eye. I would actually really like to see Louise return in a future book. She makes for such a fascinating character, and I would like to see what she does next.

This is a book that will keep you utterly gripped. Some of Luca Veste’s scenes were so, so chilling. It makes for a terrifying reading experience, so perhaps, I wouldn’t suggest reading this book before you’re about to go sleep. You’ll be jumping at every sound. But, I guarantee you will be hooked from the very first page. I didn’t want to put it down.

I’ve only read one other book by Luca Veste, but I’ll definitely be catching up on his previous books as soon as I can. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. It would definitely be the perfect read for Halloween.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: 8th March 2018

Print length: 432 pages

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I Know What I Saw by S.K. Sharp #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by S.K. Sharp, I Know What I Saw.

I Know What I Saw: A perfect memory. A perfect murder. by [S K Sharp]

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She remembers everything.
She understands nothing.

Only a handful of people in the world have a truly perfect memory. Nicola is one of them. It’s more of a curse than a blessing – every moment of sadness, embarrassment and unhappiness is burned into her mind forever – so she plays it down, and tries to live a quiet life.

But a body has been found, a discovery that threatens to tear her community apart – and reopen old wounds from decades ago.

Nicola was a child, but she remembers the night with perfect clarity. Despite that, she never discovered the truth of what happened.

Now she must use her unique memory to solve the murder, or watch the man she loved be wrongly convicted of the crime…

MY THOUGHTS

Imagine being able to remember every single day of your life, the good and the bad ones. This is the remarkable condition Nicola has in I Know What I Saw by S.K. Sharp. I’ve read about people having this condition before, and it makes me wonder if this is a blessing or a curse. Would you like to be able to remember every single day of your life? I’m not sure if I would or not, although I would have loved to have had a photographic memory at school to help out in exams.

When Nicola receives a bolt out of the blue phone call from the police, it rakes up old memories. Her former partner, Declan, has been arrested for the murder of his father. His father’s body has been found thirty years after he went missing on his fiftieth birthday in 1985. He makes contact with Nicola because he knows she has vital information that might help clear his name. But doing that will be no easy task.

This was a really pacy read. The dialogue between the characters is engaging, and it propels the novel forwards. I wanted to know what information Nicola could have that might help clear her former partner’s name. Would she be willing to help him, given that he cheated on her in the past?

The race to get answers keeps the tension turning up a notch as Nicola fights to clear her Declan’s name. Even though their relationship broke down many years ago, you can see that they still care for each other.

S.K. Sharp keeps turning the tension up a notch as the picture becomes clearer, and Nicola realises who was really responsible for the murder of Declan’s father. The frustrating thing for Nicola is that although she can remember Declan’s father was murdered clearly in her mind, she can’t quite piece together the full picture. But her ability to be able to remember everything certainly helps to fill in some of the gaps.

I Know What I Saw quickly pulled me into the story, and I was keen to find out what happened all those years ago in 1985 to Declan’s father and who was responsible. It’s a gripping read which I would definitely recommend to lovers of psychological thrillers.

Publisher: Arrow

Publication date: 28th January 2021

Print length: 400 pages

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February 2021 Wrap-Up

For me, January this year seemed to really drag, but February has flown by. I hope you’ve managed to have a good month. It does finally seem that there is some light at the end of the tunnel which is giving me something to look forward to. Hopefully by the summer we’ll have some sense of normality back in our lives.

I managed to read thirteen books in total this month which has taken the number of books I’ve read this year so far to 31. Last month I finished writing my second book and I have started work on something new which I’m very excited about. My current idea I’m working on, was partly inspired by an episode in a true crime documentary I watched on Netflix at the end of last year. I already know where I’m going with it which is very rare when I start writing. I’m not a writer who can sit and plan but this time I did write a full synopsis and it has definitely made things a lot easier.

This month I took part in seven blog tours and I’ve listed the links below, in case you missed any.

An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer

The Art of Death by David Fennell

Black Widows by Cate Quinn

Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies

The Last Snow by Stina Jackson

Deity by Matt Wesolowski

Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst

In March, I’m taking part in six blog tours. The blog tours I’m taking part in are, Bound by Vanda Symon on the 1st March, Future Perfect by Felicia Yap on the 13th March, The Night Gate by Peter May on the 20th March, The Hiding Place by Jenny Quintana on the 23rd March, Nighthawking by Russ Thomas on the 24th March and Last Seen by Joy Kluver on the 28th March.

I also received some exciting bookpost this month. I received copies of, The Hiding Place by Jenny Quintana, Good Girl by Mel Sherratt, Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, The Assistant by Kjell Ola Dahl and Facets of Death by Michael Stanley Nighthawking by Russ Thomas, Look What You Made Me Do by Nikki Smith, If I Fall by Merilyn Davis and The Night Gate by Peter May

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That’s all from me this month. At the moment I’m currently reading Nighthawking by Russ Thomas and I’m listening to the audiobook of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The Midnight Library isn’t the type of book I would typically choose, but it is the book which was voted for this month in the book club I am a member of on Facebook, A Novel Book Club. I’m interested to see what I think of it. What are you reading at the moment? Let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget that First Monday Crime is back live on Facebook on Monday, 1st March 2021 at 19.30 p.m. You can access the event by clicking on the link below.

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The Storm by Amanda Jennings #bookreview

On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new thriller by Amanda Jennings, The Storm.

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To the outside world Hannah married the perfect man. Behind the closed doors of their imposing home it’s a very different story. Nathan controls everything Hannah does. He chooses her clothes, checks her receipts, and keeps her passport locked away. But why does she let him?

Years before, in the midst of a relentless storm, the tragic events of one night changed everything. And Hannah has been living with the consequences ever since. Keeping Nathan happy. Doing as she’s told.

But the past is about to catch up with them.
 
Set against the unforgiving backdrop of a Cornish fishing port in the ‘90s, this is a devastating exploration of the power of coercive control in a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems…

MY THOUGHTS

I’m a huge fan of Amanda Jennings writing, and I was so excited to finally get round to reading her latest novel, The Storm. This is a dark, character-driven novel which will keep you turning the pages.

We meet Hannah and Nathan, who on the outside, have a seemingly perfect relationship. They also have a teenage son. Nathan is rich and successful, and he turns heads wherever they go. But why is there such a tense atmosphere when they are at home? Why does he seem to have so much control over his wife? I wanted to know the answers to these questions as I was reading and what was really going on in their relationship.

The tension grows as the novel progresses. There are flashback scenes back to when Hannah and Nathan first meet in Cornwall, in 1998. It’s in these scenes when Amanda Jennings begins to reveal what happened early on in their relationship. As the novel reaches its conclusion, it makes for very tense reading.

Amanda Jennings took us to Cornwall in her last novel, The Cliff House, and I love the way how she brings the setting to life. I could really picture the sea in my mind as I was reading the flashback scenes. As settings often do in books, the sea almost becomes a character itself.

I thought Hannah and Nathan’s relationship was very intriguing, and I wanted to know what was going on underneath the surface. What was really keeping Hannah there, when it is clear that she isn’t happy? I was rooting for her to get out of the relationship. But I also kept thinking that if she made a sudden move, then something terrible would happen to her. The tension builds and builds as we begin to understand more about what is going on.

The reveals that come are shocking, and I thought the way how Amanda Jennings weaved them into the story, was done really well. I loved how Amanda Jennings gradually revealed what had happened in the past.

The Storm is a highly engaging read, and Amanda Jennings writing drew me in very quickly. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read what Amanda Jennings writes next.

Publisher: HQ

Publication date: 23rd July 2020

Print length: 384 pages

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Skin Deep by Liz Nugent #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on Skin Deep, a psychological thriller by Liz Nugent.

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She’s not who you think she is …

Delia O’Flaherty is as wild, remote and dangerous as her island home off the west coast of Ireland. Her adoring father tells her that one day she will be the Queen of Inishcrann.

However, tragedy leaves Delia alone in the world, to make her way relying on her wits and her rare beauty. But Delia’s beauty is deceptive – as anyone who cares about her eventually finds out.

What is the truth behind Delia’s tragic past? And what happens when a face from that past turns up on her doorstep?

MY THOUGHTS

Skin Deep is a dark, compulsive read. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try Liz Nugent’s books. Her characters came to life on the page, and I was compelled to read on. Delia is a very intriguing character and I thought that Liz Nugent wrote her life story so well. I had so many different opinions of her as Liz Nugent delved deeper and deeper into her story.

A gripping prologue sets the scene. A man is lying dead; a woman stands looking down at him. Who is the woman who is standing there? Who is the man? What did he do to deserve this?

We first meet Delia when she is a young girl, living on an island off the coast of Ireland called Inishcrann. The population of the island is dwindling, and the locals don’t want it to die. Delia is the apple of her father’s eye, and he proclaims her Queen of the islanders. But he treats his wife and two sons with discontent. I wanted to know why this was. Why couldn’t he share the same love he had for his daughter with the rest of his family? What had they done to him?

I thought the island setting in the opening pages was very dark and atmospheric. To me, even though there aren’t many people on the island, it seemed very claustrophobic. There is no escaping the wrath of the locals if you do something to offend them. Delia’s character grows as she later leaves the island and finds a home on the mainland. It’s very hard to talk more about this book without giving too much away, so I don’t want to say much more about what happens.

I found Delia to be a very difficult character to warm to, and I think many readers will have different opinions of her. Part of me did feel sorry for her, especially for what she went through as a young child, but some of her decisions made me mad. Without giving too much away, though, I was rooting for her to make peace and reconnect with her past.

Skin Deep is such a compelling read. Liz Nugent writes her characters so well, and her writing is so absorbing. This is the first book by Liz, which I have read, and I will be catching up on her other books as soon as possible.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 15th November 2018

Print length: 384 pages

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Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies #bookreview #blogtour @M_Davieswrites @orion_crime

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Michelle Davies, Shadow of a Doubt on my blog today. With thanks to Alainna Hadjigeorgiou from Orion Books for inviting me to take part.

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Twenty-five years ago my brother was murdered in my family home.

I was sent to a psychiatric unit for killing him.

The truth is, I didn’t do it.

The whole world believed nine-year-old Cara killed her younger brother on that fateful night. But she blamed it on a paranormal entity she swears was haunting her house.

No one believed her and after two years of treatment in a psychiatric unit for delusional disorder, Cara was shunned by her remaining family and put into foster care.

Now she’s being forced to return to the family home for the first time since her brother’s death, but what if she’s about to re-discover the evil that was lurking inside its walls?

MY THOUGHTS

Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies is a creepy psychological thriller opening with a chilling prologue. It gripped me right from the first page. I have previously read Michelle Davies’s DC Maggie Neville series, which I have really enjoyed, so I was intrigued to find out that she was bringing out a standalone. I’m pleased to say that my high expectations for Shadow of a Doubt were met and I loved it.

We meet Cara, who has had a dark cloud hanging over her since she was very small. Now in her thirties, Cara is perturbed when she receives a text from a family member, letting her know that her biological mother has died. Cara hasn’t seen her family since she was a small after they abandoned her. Her family, the police, and the country held her responsible her young brother’s death after he became trapped behind the curtains in their living room and suffocated. But Cara has always remained adamant that she had nothing to do with her brother’s death and it was a ghost, who she nicknamed, Limey Stan, who haunted their house. Even in her adult years, she still believes it. With her return to her hometown, is the truth about Limey Stan about to be revealed?

I really felt sorry for Cara. She has suffered from unimaginable trauma in her life, following the death of her brother. I was fascinated by the story of the ghost, which she still wholeheartedly believes. It made me want to know what really happened that night back in 1994 when her brother died. Was Cara really responsible for his death? Did her imagination create the story of Limey Stan in an attempt to block out the terrible truth?

I could never really be sure what was really going on here. Cara manages to convince a small minority of people that the ghost was responsible, but the majority still can’t believe she is still going on about this. She is determined to get to the bottom of things when she comes back to her hometown, and I was rooting for her to get to the truth. I also wanted to know why her mother had left her house to her in her will. This seemed an extraordinarily generous thing to do for someone who completely cut their daughter out of their life. Was her mother doing this to make Cara come to terms with the truth? I had so many questions which I wanted to know the answers to.

Michelle Davies creates a really creepy atmosphere. I love a good ghost story, and Shadow of a Doubt certainly fits the bill. Michelle Davies ratchets up the tension as the book races towards its conclusion and Michelle Davies expertly plants red herrings, turning your attention away from the real culprit. This is an excellent psychological thriller.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 12th November 2020

Print length: 368 pages

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Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell #bookreview #blogtour @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell on my blog today. With thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Dishonoured: An addictive psychological thriller by [Jem  Tugwell]

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WE’RE ALL ONE MISTAKE FROM RUIN…

Dan has worked hard for the perfect life. He has a loving wife, beautiful kids, a fabulous home and is a successful businessman.

One afternoon Dan steps onto his usual train and sees the waitress who served him an hour earlier. It all seemed so normal, but it was the most dreadful mistake. Four stops later, Dan is a criminal who has lost everything. He’d only just met her, so why did she destroy him―and why did she say ‘Sorry’?

Dan battles through a web of lies and deceit to clear his name and win his life back, but first, he needs to find out who plotted his downfall.

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed reading Dishonoured. It’s the first novel by Jem Tugwell which I’ve read, and it was an exhilarating ride. The storyline also felt really fresh, and I connected with the lead character, Dan, straight away. This is the kind of novel which, once you start reading, will keep you reading. The chapters are short and snappy, which make it very difficult to put down. It is utterly captivating. 

Dan has the perfect life. He earns a lot of money, providing a more than comfortable lifestyle for his wife and two children. Life couldn’t be better. But Dan’s happy life is about to come crumbling down. When he is accused of a heinous crime, it utterly breaks him. He loses his job, but more heartbreakingly, his wife and children. But Dan protests his innocence. Yet few people are willing to believe him. Dan takes it upon himself to prove it, and he is determined to do anything to get the life he once had back.

I felt desperately sorry for Dan as I was reading this book. I really felt his anger as everything he had worked so hard for in his life came tumbling down. Once the accusation had been made against him, his family and friends don’t want to know him. I wanted to know why someone would want to do this to him. I also wanted Dan to find that person and regain what he had lost.

Dan’s story made for very gripping reading. I also liked the characters who he works with to try and find the book, especially Anomaly. I liked the fact that Dan seemed to have someone on his side who was willing to help him. I didn’t like the idea of him going through this alone, especially when his wife, Felicity, had taken his children from him.

The tension never lets up as the book races towards its conclusion. I couldn’t stop turning the pages as Dan came closer and closer to finding out the truth behind the current events. And Jem Tugwell turns everything, masterfully on its head here. I don’t want to say anything more as I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I thought the final twists were done very well. I couldn’t believe what I was reading as I reached the end.

Dishonoured makes for such an entertaining read, and I was so impressed with what I read. If you’re looking for a psychological thriller that feels fresh, then you definitely need to give this book a go. I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Serpentine Books

Publication date: 14th January 2021

Print length: 231 pages

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Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the latest psychological thriller by Claire Douglas, Just Like the Other Girls.

Just Like the Other Girls by [Claire Douglas]

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After the death of her mother, Una Richardson hopes for a fresh start when she takes on a job as a carer for the rich and elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to the girls?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls . . .

MY THOUGHTS

It feels like it’s been a long time since I read a book by Claire Douglas. I finally got round to reading Just Like the Other Girls a few days ago, and I can see what I’ve been missing out on. This is a really creepy read, and it is so addictive.

We first meet Una who has just undertaken a position at a stately home as a companion to its elderly occupant, Elspeth. The job may seem old fashioned, but Una has recently lost her mother and has just separated from her boyfriend. There are certainly perks to the job. The pay is very generous, and Una has plans to travel the world. She hopes that with the money she earns, that in a year or so, she’ll be able to fulfil her dream. But as she becomes accustomed to living under Elspeth’s roof, Una hears stories about the previous girls who filled her position. They all look remarkably like her, but they all left in very suspicious circumstances. Is she safe in Elspeth’s employment? What happened to the previous girls? Una is determined to find out.

The role of companion seemed to me like a role someone would apply for several decades earlier. I could see the attraction though that Una did. But I also felt that if I were in Una’s position, I would feel guilty about quitting the role after a few months. You can see that Elspeth is desperate to have someone by her side, who won’t let her down. I did feel sorry for Elspeth, but I also wanted to know why she didn’t want to see more of her own daughter and her daughter’s family. Why did she want to employ someone to be her companion, when her daughter was willing to spend time with her for free?

A sinister atmosphere creeps into the plot as Una begins to understand what has previously happened at the house. I was screaming at her to leave as she begins to investigate further. I felt that she was drawing closer and closer to danger. Claire Douglas also tells parts of the story thought the voice of an unknown character, and we can see just how much they resent what is happening at Elspeth’s home.

I thought I had everything all worked out as I was reading, but Claire managed to throw in a few, well thought out twists that made me think out everything again. There is a devastating twist which made my jaw drop open as I was reading it.

This is definitely a book you can lose a few hours to. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Just Like the Other Girls is an excellent psychological thriller. Now I just need to catch up on Claire’s previous books which I’ve missed.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Print length: 388 pages

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The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda #bookreview

On my blog today I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Girl From Widow Hills which is the latest novel by Megan Miranda.

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Everyone knows the story of the girl from widow hills…

When Arden Maynor was six years old, she was swept away in a terrifying storm and went missing for days. Against all odds, she was found alive, clinging to a storm drain. Fame followed, and so did fans, creeps and stalkers. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and left Widow Hills behind.

Twenty years later, Olivia, as she is now known, is plagued by night terrors. She often finds herself out of bed in the middle of the night, sometimes streets away from her home. Then one evening she jolts awake in her yard, with the corpse of a man at her feet.

The girl from Widow Hills is about to become the centre of the story, once again…

MY THOUGHTS

Megan Miranda is a new author to me. After hearing really good things about her most recent novel, The Girl from Widow Hills, I had to give it a try. This book is definitely deserving of all the praise it has been getting.

I’ve read quite a few thrillers which have featured unreliable narrators, but this book felt really fresh. Years ago, against all the odds, Arden Maynor survived after going missing during a storm when she was a young girl. She was found clinging desperately to a pipe. Arden suffers from sleepwalking, and this is how she went missing. But Arden Maynor hasn’t been that girl for a long time. Hoping for a fresh start, she changes her name to Olivia and moves away from the area where she grew up. But now her past is about to come back and haunt her. Olivia finds the body of the man who rescued her all those years earlier. But what was he doing outside her house after all this time?

I found this book to be really engaging and immersive. When Olivia finds the body of a man on her front doorstep, it isn’t clear to her, or even, those who know her, if she killed him. Olivia suffers from sleepwalking and has done since she was a child. When some people sleepwalk, they can turn violent, and they have no control over their actions. This is what made this such a chilling idea. It’s not clear as well who the man is, at first, who Olivia has found. There is a bombshell moment, though when Olivia realises who he is. This is what makes the book really creepy, as well. I had to know what happened to the man, and if Olivia was responsible for his death. You can see just how fearful she is of this. It made me wonder how she was going to be able to work out a story to tell the police.

I did struggle initially with the first few chapters, but once the discovery of the body was made, the tension really picked up, and I found this book to be hugely enjoyable. I found I had so many questions while I was reading this book which I wanted to have answered.

The final chapters are tense and exciting as the truths from Olivia’s past are laid bare. They are dark and hard-hitting, and I loved how everything was wrapped up in the finale. I had no idea how things were going to pan out for Olivia. The Girl from Widow Hills is a dark and addictive read. I’m looking forward to reading what Megan Miranda writes next.

Publisher: Corvus

Publication date: 6th August 2020

Print length: 336 pages

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Those People by Louise Candlish #bookreview

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.

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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. 

MY THOUGHTS

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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