Those People

Those People

Book - 2019
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Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbours get along, and the kids play together on weekends. But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they don't follow the rules. 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.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ♭2019
ISBN: 9780451489142
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 28, 2020

OK, not great

Jan 09, 2020

Different type of book showing how a close neighborhood can change with new neighbors. I felt there were too many characters in the book that were not well developed and difficult to follow. I was able to finish the book, even with a strange ending. Only able to give 3 stars.

Sep 06, 2019

Sharp social commentary & character studies as smug London suburban families are driven to extremes by new rude, uncouth neighbor. Interesting read but not traditionally suspenseful, and plot revelations don't amount to much.

Sep 02, 2019

I loved the book, but thought the finish kind of anticlimactic.

Jul 26, 2019

There isn't any hidden plot other than a curiosity about how the story is going to turn out. The subtlety that underlies our social agenda plays out big in this neighborhood drama. The impact on what we want and actually carrying out those wants makes for a weave of questionable action that leads to murder and revenge. The neighborhood just wasn't the same after "those people" moved in.

Jul 14, 2019

"Those People" is a book that shows just how bad things can get when neighbors clash with neighbors.

Lowland Way is an ideal, upscale neighborhood. Everyone seems to get along with everyone. Perfect, happy little families. Then The Booths move into Number 1, and they bring the worst out in everyone!

Ear piercing music at all hours, construction that never seems to end, and the front yard and street have been turned into a makeshift car lot. That is what happens when Darren Booth and is girlfriend, Jodie, move into the neighborhood.

It was clear to all the other residents from the get-go that "those people" were cut from a different cloth. They don't belong. They need to move out, ASAP! The neighbors get together and start brainstorming a plan to get rid of their new, not so friendly neighbors.

But then something awful happens. Something no one expected. It goes from horrible to even worse...

"Those People" was my second book by author Louise Candlish, and though I didn't enjoy is as much as "Our House" I did think it was a fun, quick little thriller.

Told from excerpts of police reports after the event, and alternating characters telling their story leading up to the event, this book is well written, and I had no problem imagining the array of characters and the street they live on.

My issue with this novel is the HUGE cast of character's lives that we are thrown right in to. It was hard to know who was who, who was married to who, and who lived where.

There was also not a single likable character in the entire book. Perhaps that's how the author wanted it. I was just hoping to connect with at least one, but that was not the case. It was also a very slow moving story, until you get to the end and it seems to move at such a rapid pace it was hard to keep up.

So let's talk about the ending... it just kind of fell flat. I didn't feel a sense of closure or even a feeling of happiness or discontent wither way. It was just... and ending.

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me an e-copy to read and give my honest review. It was a 3 star read for me.

"Those People" is available now at your favorite book retailer so pick up a copy today!

Happy Reading!

debwalker Jun 19, 2019

Riveting story of a tight-knit, South London community driven to desperate measures by a neighbor from hell.

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