Those People by Louise Candlish



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. 

The Review: Can you tell I’m doing a bit of a clean out of reviews at the mo? Since Covid-19 has hit I have read the princely sum of three books, and my slump is showing no signs of abating. Instead, the other night I began to look at books I’d read in my reading prime (January), and unfortunately not reviewed, as I was in a blogging slump (join me next month when I moan about a possible writing slump that is surely due, lol!!). This is another book I jumped for, having heard raves and raves about it. It started out with a problem a lot of people consider when moving-imagine we end up living next door to people we don’t like? And so, here we are, in a quiet, idyllic to some, suburban estate, where rules are abided by and everyone’s friends. We meet the new neighbours and there’s a bit of a run in that makes you think ‘yeeks, not a great start,’ and then you begin to get an even worse feeling as you realise the new people don’t give a you know what and soon everyone are beginning to show sides of themselves that give us a build where you know something has to happen.

I’ll admit with so many characters, and not many of them quite sticking with me, I couldn’t get into it as I could have if I was fully invested in them, but saying that, I enjoyed it, the scene most definitely well set, and will definitely get back to some of the author’s back catalogue, especially The Swimming Pool, which I hear to be stunning! Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.


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