29 July 2017

The House

Psychological Thriller
A 2017 Top Rated Read

By Simon Lelic

Paperback 352 pages
Publisher Penguin (2nd Nov 2017)
ISBN-13 978-0241296547

'Stephen King-like...At once a whodunit, a dark love story and a saga of three dysfunctional families The House continually and compellingly wrong-foots the reader, from its faux-gothic opening to its deftly worked ending.' Sunday Times

📕My Review

When Jack and Sydney move into their new London home, they can't believe their luck. It's everything they've ever dreamed of and more. However, while investigating a noxious smell, Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic but decides to try and forget about it. Meanwhile Sydney befriends Elsie, the sad-looking girl who lives in the house opposite with her father. It starts a series of events leading to a catastrophe which changes all their lives forever.

What a fantastic psychological thriller! I'm so pleased I was given the opportunity to read it. It was brooding and creepy. I loved all the twists and turns. Although the first few chapters felt slightly disjointed, once it found its pace it was fantastic — with plenty of 'I didn't see that coming!' moments. 

The book is written in the style of a journal with chapters alternating between the perspectives of Jack and Sydney. It works very well, especially at the end where, without giving anything away, the reader discovers how all the pieces fit together. 

My thanks to Simon Lelic, Penguin and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book.

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📗The Blurb

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.


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