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Those People by Louise Candlish Review

Title: Those People

Author: Louise Candlish

First published June 27, 2019

368 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780451489142 (ISBN10: 0451489144)

Rating: 3.3


Louise Candlish, the bestselling author of Our House, presents a gripping tale of deceit and vengeance in Those People. Lowland Way is the epitome of a perfect neighborhood.

Well-maintained houses, cordial neighbors, and friendly children playing together. However, when Darren and Jodie move into the corner house, they shatter the peace with their loud music, constant renovations, and used-car business.

Soon enough, the once idyllic street turns into a battleground. When a shocking death occurs, the residents are quick to point fingers, and secrets begin to unravel.

Could there be a sinister motive behind the murder? Read Those People to discover how far someone can go to seek revenge against their neighbors.

About the Author

Hi there! I’m thrilled to share that I’ve written 16 novels that have been published all around the world. My latest thriller, THE ONLY SUSPECT, is now available and has been praised by the Daily Mail as “a perfect mix of nostalgia and menace.”

You may be familiar with my novel OUR HOUSE, which has been adapted into a major four-part ITV drama starring Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones. This book turned my career around at a time when I was about to give up.

It won the 2019 British Book Awards Book of the Year – Crime & Thriller and received nominations for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Best Crime Novel of the Year Award, and the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. It was also longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the Specsavers National Book Awards.

I’m incredibly proud of its success and grateful to readers who continue to recommend it.

My latest paperback, THE HEIGHTS, is a twisty revenge thriller featuring a protagonist named Ellen who suffers from “high place phenomenon,” a fear of heights. She’s perhaps my most Hitchcock-inspired character yet, and I can’t wait for you to read it and let me know if you’re Team Ellen or not.

😉 The book is even in development for a TV series, so stay tuned.

As for me, I live in a South London neighborhood similar to those in my books with my husband, teenage daughter, and beloved fox-red Labrador named Bertie. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading books, watching TV, going for long walks, and drinking wine in the sun with family and friends.

Some of my favorite authors include Tom Wolfe, Patricia Highsmith, Barbara Vine, and Agatha Christie.

If you’re interested in more book news (and seeing adorable pictures of Bertie), you can find me on Twitter @louise_candlish or on Instagram @louisecandlish. I’d love to connect with you!

Editoral Review

Louise Candlish’s “Those People” is a gripping psychological thriller set in a seemingly idyllic suburban neighborhood in London. Candlish, a British author known for her captivating domestic dramas, knocks it out of the park with this suspenseful page-turner.

The novel revolves around a group of neighbors on Lowland Way, who are forced to confront each other and themselves when a new couple moves in and disrupts their lives. The new residents, Darren and Jodie, are brash, intrusive, and seemingly indifferent to the concerns of their neighbors.

Their presence soon leads to a series of conflicts and tensions that escalate into a full-blown tragedy. Candlish’s expertly crafted characters are the backbone of the story.

From the bickering couple Ralph and Naomi to the uptight Ant and Em, each neighbor is given a fully fleshed-out personality, backstory, and motive. The layered exploration of their relationships raises questions about class, privilege, prejudice, and community.

The author’s skillful pacing and suspenseful plot twists keep the reader on edge, making “Those People” a hard-to-put-down read. The setting and descriptions are equally well-done, immersing the reader in the leafy neighborhood and its secrets.

Some readers may find the resolution of the story a bit too convenient or rushed, but the journey there is well worth it. Overall, “Those People” is a must-read for fans of the domestic thriller genre, and a testament to Louise Candlish’s talents as an author.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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