Book Title and Author: Those People by Louise Candlish
Publication Date and Publisher: June 11, 2019 by Berkley Books
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 368 pages
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Date Read: June 3, 2019 (finished copy from the publisher)
From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of twisty domestic suspense asks, “Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?”
Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.
But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing.
Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying–and everyone has something to hide.
I loved Louise Candlish’s domestic suspense novel Our House last summer with its dark humor, inventive premise, and jaw-dropping ending, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of her latest disturbing domestic suspense novel, Those People for review!
It’s was a seemingly normal Saturday morning in Lowland Way, the upscale London neighborhood where the novel takes place, until tragedy strikes. An unknown character has been killed in a horrific disaster, and through police interviews and chapters told by a myriad cast of characters, the novel rewinds eight weeks earlier to examine the catalytic events that precipitated the death. The way the novel is constructed immediately reminded of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, one of my favorite books.
Lowland Way is the perfect suburban neighborhood, just ask Naomi and Ralph, Finn and Tess, new parent’s Ant and Em, or Sissy, owner of a bed-and-breakfast. Or it was until Darren and his girlfriend Jodie move in! Darren immediately begins reconstruction, blares loud music all hours of the night, and takes up all the parking spaces because he has a used car lot!
As you can imagine the “upper class” neighbors are more than annoyed with the Booths and what they perceive to be their lower class ways, which puts a mark on the respectability of Lowland Way. The characters are determined to stop him and talks, meeting, messages all commence with ideas on how to get rid of him—some ways less legal than others. Just how far will they go to return their neighborhood back to the way it was?
I love the title as it’s a play on the words “those people” because really, who does that mean—the Booths or the more “civilized” characters? Candlish is also shrewd with her insights into human behavior, and I enjoyed how she portrayed the effects the Booths had on not just a neighborhood but the individuals since flaws were revealed.
Just like with Our House, These People had a twisted ending! Just when you think everything is all figured out, Candlish throws in an ending that leaves you astonished. I’m still thinking about it. Definitely a captivating, slow-burning read! I can’t wait to read more by Candlish!
~This was a Traveling Sister’s read: thank you, ladies, for the lively, fun discussion for this one! You can read their review here.~
**Thank you, Berkley for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.**