Book Review: Those People by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @BerkleyPub #stephlvsbooks #ThosePeople #bookreview


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)

4 Stars


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.** 

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: Those People by Louise Candlish @louise_candlish @BerkleyPub #stephlvsbooks #ThosePeople #bookreview

    1. She really can! I think that’s what I like best about her-she handles so many POVs so well and gets into each of their heads without making them one dimensional. Oh my god! I had a neighbor right after I got married and was in an apartment, still in grad school with two kids under 4, and he played music all hours of the day and night so loudly that my walls would vibrate! I would cry because he kept my boys awake and me awake, plus I couldn’t study. And he was always smoking pot outside the windows! Ugh! I complained constantly but they didn’t do anything; The police would come and he’d turn it down, but he’d start up again a couple of days later. We finally moved-I will say that I although I never wished him harm, I did want his speakers to explode, LOL. It was a nightmare, so I empathized with these neighbors.

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      1. It really was horrific! I was going out of my mind. And my husband was Air Force at the time and deployed 6x to Afghanistan, so I was alone most of those years. I didn’t want anyone to breathe, move, talk, or anything after my 2nd one was born and got so mad if anyone woke him up.


    1. Thank you, my friend! She’s so great at developing characters. That ending! When you read Our House, you’ll be shocked at that ending! She’s a master at those endings that leave you going “what?”. I think it’s her signature. xoxo

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  1. Great review! I am yet to read this author though I do have a copy of ‘Our House’. This sounds like such an entertaining read and I like the suburban setting.

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    1. Thank you, Diana! Our House was better in my opinion, but both are good! I’d recommend reading Our House first if you have it already. It is! The characters are so well done. She’s great at writing about charming neighborhoods that look so innocent but are actually sinister.


  2. I quite like the idea of chapters being told by different characters, which is, I think, a style only good writers can achieve successfully, and seeing the events that unfolded before the death to make it more of a piecemeal mystery. Not quite domestic bliss in suburbia then eh? Darren for one would have annoyed me like hell! You’re right about how interesting ‘those people’ is as a phrase. I really like the sound of this one, I’ll add it to my ever-growing TBR list! Great review as always lovely 😊
    Caz xx

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    1. Me too! I like hearing different thoughts and you’re right, it takes talent to pull it off successfully without leaving the characters one-dimensional. Not at all-more like hell! Oh, he was awful! It really is. I’ve heard people use it before as a derogatory term and I think that’s how she meant it. I love adding to your TBR! Thank you, lovely! xoxo

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      1. I’ve heard great things about her work in general, but I haven’t had the chance to try one of her books yet! I’ll keep in mind to try Our House first. 🙂

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