Review: Those People

Posted 22nd May 2021 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: Those PeopleThose People by Louise Candlish
Also by this author: Our House, The Heights
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 27th June 2019
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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Could you hate your neighbour enough to plot to kill him?
Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival,  disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don't agree with them.
Praise for Louise Candlish:‘Addictive, twisty and oh so terrifyingly possible’ Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You ‘Masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner' Laura Wilson, Guardian ‘Louise Candlish is a great writer; she inhaled me into her nightmarish world where everything we think we know is ripped from under our feet’  Fiona Barton, author of The Widow and The Child ‘Such a smart idea. Twisty, warped, credible. Brilliantly plotted and compelling. Deserves to be such a hit’ Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal'One of the best books I have ever read ... FACT’ Isabelle Broom, author of My Map of You  ‘Gripping and heartbreaking with an undercurrent of unease running through it’ Louise Jensen, author of The Gift ‘Oh Louise Candlish, you are a genius! Scarily believable with the BEST ending I have read in a long time. I devoured it!’ Claire Frost, Fabulous magazine

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This was another book that had been sitting on my TBR pile for too long. I was looking for a book for the psychological thriller book club at work and having previously read Our House I thought this would be perfect.

Louise is excellent at taking something so real and turning it sinister. I found myself hating Darren Booth and his girlfriend Jodie. I was furious with all their goings-on and their lack of respect and common decency. I can honestly say that if I had lived down that street I would be just as angry as the characters in this book. I felt so bad for them. I have a neighbour who can be quite noisy which has been irritating during lockdown but let me tell you I feel like a fraud for complaining about him when I read this book.

I can’t say that I liked all of the residents on the street if I am honest. I found some of them a bit snobbish and while Darren and Jodie are the neighbours from hell that no one wants I can’t say that if the rest were my neighbours that I’d be making friends any time soon either! That being said they did have my sympathies.

Louise does a stellar job of creating mystery and intrigue. I spent so long trying to work out who it was that had been killed and of course who had been the one to do it. It was so well done. I was not expecting what happened at all. It was a very addictive read that I could not put down.

About Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish studied English at University College London and worked as an editor and copywriter before writing fiction. OUR HOUSE is published in the US by Berkley in August 2018 and is out now in the UK, published by Simon & Schuster.

Louise is the bestselling author of eleven previous novels, including THE SWIMMING POOL and THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE FRASERS (Penguin, 2015), which has been optioned for TV by Hartswood Films.

Louise lives in South London with her husband and daughter. Follow her day to day on Twitter at @louise_candlish or get updates at


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