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The New Neighbors PDF/EPUB ë The New  PDF/EPUB ² What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago It seemed like their dream home tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have itSo when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it That was a mistakeBecause someone has just been murdered Right outside their back doorAnd now the police are watching them Damn, this book was GOOD Fun fact about me first I ve been dying to crack into the suspense thriller genre again for a long time now, so when I came across this book on NetGalley I had to put in a request for it and was elated to find that I was approved It shot up my TBR list just because it fit the bill for what I was craving perfectly, and boy am I glad it did because Simon Lelic s prose alone was enough to keep me totally invested in this story from start to finishWhen you re caught ins Damn, this book was GOOD Fun fact about me first I ve been dying to crack into the suspense thriller genre again for a long time now, so when I came across this book on NetGalley I had to put in a request for it and was elated to find that I was approved It shot up my TBR list just because it fit the bill for what I was craving perfectly, and boy am I glad it did because Simon Lelic s prose alone was enough to keep me totally invested in this story from start to finishWhen you re caught inside a dungeon, even the faintest flicker in the dark is like a promise of daylight And if it turns out not to be, if it turns out instead to be a burning staircase Well You take your chances anyway I cannot say enough good things about Lelic s command of language and the conversational tone of his prose Written in an alternating first person point of view between Jack and Syndney s perspectives, The House was totally gripping from start to finish First person point of view and I sometimes have problems I find that a lot of newer authors writing from this POV tend to focus too heavily on action and forget to include prose that engages your mind Lelic never does The plot moves along at a snappy pace the entire time, but the prose never suffers In fact, it s quite beautiful throughout Plus, the story is absolutely peppered with little landmines that urge the reader onwards Fair warning, the places this story goes end up being quite dark, but the journey is well worth it I was on the edge of my seat the entire way through.I can t say enough good things about the characters of Jack and Sydney I feel like they were both especially well developed Not going to lie, of the few suspense thrillers I ve read before, the leads have been mostly contemptible Here though, I feel like their characterizations totally make sense given all that we come to know about them I was rooting for both of them from start to finish, and that s really the most that I can ask for of any story, isn t it I ll admit that while I m not well versed in suspense as a genre yet although I d love to getwell acquainted in the future I think Lelic has a very promising future ahead of him The House is full of compelling characters and twists and turns that really threw me for a loop I loved this book enough that I plan on buying a physical copy when it releases, and I d definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the thriller genre at large The only reason I m faulting it half a star is that there s a subplot with Jack about halfway through that I felt could have been done without, but it really didn t detract too much from the story at large 4.5 out of 5 starsSee this review andlike it on my blog Book Bastion Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This thing I ve planned for so carefully it has all gone drastically, horribly wrongWell, this proved to be a very difficult review for me to write Not because I didn t like the book, obviously I didn t just like it, I enjoyed it so much that I started composing bits and pieces of my review at around 50% mark The problem is that there are so many twists and turns and hidden secrets in the story that I was terrified I would slip up and spoil everything So, this is going to bThis thing I ve planned for so carefully it has all gone drastically, horribly wrongWell, this proved to be a very difficult review for me to write Not because I didn t like the book, obviously I didn t just like it, I enjoyed it so much that I started composing bits and pieces of my review at around 50% mark The problem is that there are so many twists and turns and hidden secrets in the story that I was terrified I would slip up and spoil everything So, this is going to be short We follow the story of Syd and Jack, a young couple who has just been offered a deal for a house that they ve never believed would come to them The house is an impressive building, in a beautiful London neighbourhood and it is as if it chose them for its owners However, Jack has a feeling that there is something dodgy with the house and especially with the circumstances under which the previous owner left all of his belongings behind to start a new life in Australia following a woman he met online The writing style is something that I haven t seen recently and it is engaging and makes the book flow nicely It is an exchange in written form between Syd and Jack, their experiences before they met each other, their life together, an attempt to clarify their thoughts and make sense of the things that have happened to them.Because of this technique, we don t have elaborate speeches and complex descriptions We have clear interactions and everyday language, but given in a coherent way, as if we re eavesdropping the discussion between two people, as if we re reading their diaries.There is nothing pretentious and Simon Lelic has done a wonderful job To say anything about the characters is a risk, because I m unable to refer to them without giving away parts of the plot I m just going to say that Syd and Jack are people you will care about and they will lead you safely throughout the story Syd was especially interesting, a complex character that was well matched to hervulnerable,thoughtful partner.Also, there are two fathers whose behaviour is going to a make you furious, and b give you nightmares The moments where the writer takes us back in time and lets us into the past of the characters are amazingly composed and they are integral to the whole story They aren t just background information, they are linked to the troubles of the present Here is where writers show their ability to go back and forth in time, all the while keeping the readers interested and invested in the plot I m saying this because one could risk a comparison between The House and The Upstairs Room And yet, these books couldn t have beendifferent The House achieved everything The Upstairs Rooms tried to do and failed Simon Lelic has created a unique thriller It starts with suspicions that something paranormal might have taken over the house, it has strong elements of domestic thriller and themes like violence, secrets, despair, the wish to right the wrong and learning to live with wounds that refuse to heal It is a novel that will not disappoint you and thank God I concluded this review without any spoilers Many thanks to Penguin UK and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review This is a wonderfully dark and twisted psychological thriller by Simon Lelic It shifts and runs into unexpected places, different from the blurb given about the book Jack has uncomfortable feelings about a London house that his girlfriend, Syd Baker, thinks is perfect for them To their surprise, given they tendered a lower offer, the owner chooses them When something is too good to be true, they should have beenwary, but they move in without a second thought The previous owner has lef This is a wonderfully dark and twisted psychological thriller by Simon Lelic It shifts and runs into unexpected places, different from the blurb given about the book Jack has uncomfortable feelings about a London house that his girlfriend, Syd Baker, thinks is perfect for them To their surprise, given they tendered a lower offer, the owner chooses them When something is too good to be true, they should have beenwary, but they move in without a second thought The previous owner has left behind all his belongings, which the happy couple begin to sort through However, there are strange sounds, and gruesome discoveries in the attic There is a child s treasure box with a familiar name on it The story begins with the police watching the house, with Jack and Syd writing down their experiences of living there, with the occasional contentious perception This is a novel about the past haunting the present with its firm and tenacious grip.The narrative is delivered through our couple, Jack and Syd, documenting how their lives begin to spiral out of their control Jack is a housing officer who goes out of his way to help his desperate clients He is not close with his middle class parents who disapprove of Syd Syd s past contains trauma and drug taking, making her avolatile character, but she is committed to Jack, hoping for asettled future with him Syd s mother visits and recognises a picture on their wall Syd finds herself becoming close to Elsie Payne, a young girl that lives locally We learn of the details of the historical past of Syd and Jack, and how it connects to their dire present situation This is a story that covers the issues of dysfunctional families, fathers, trust, loss and the search for justice, by whatever means possible.Lelic has a gripping writing style that just grabs the reader right from the beginning His plotting is remarkably well handled, and the narrative is so compelling, tense and suspenseful, driven by the well executed twists I find psychological thrillers a hit or miss affair, this is a hit in every sense, I can see this being a bestseller, and deservedly so What is really outstanding is the characters of Jack and Syd, they are superbly developed, particularly Syd A morally ambiguous and brilliant read that I highly recommend Many thanks to Penguin for an ARC 3.5 STARS When Jack and Syd buy their first home together in London, they feel like they ve hit the jackpot It s a big rambling old house, and although it needs lots of work, they got a really good deal because the owner wanted a young couple to have it, and accepted their lower bid But you know the saying If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is Well that s certainly the case here Jack though, took an instant dislike to the house he found it dark and creepy, and that was ev 3.5 STARS When Jack and Syd buy their first home together in London, they feel like they ve hit the jackpot It s a big rambling old house, and although it needs lots of work, they got a really good deal because the owner wanted a young couple to have it, and accepted their lower bid But you know the saying If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is Well that s certainly the case here Jack though, took an instant dislike to the house he found it dark and creepy, and that was even before he made a grisly discovery in the attic They decide to keep the discovery to themselves, but keeping this secret means they ve made a really bad call, leading to some life changing events.The narrative is told in the form of individual journals written by Jack and Syd It was an intelligent if unusual style of writing, but I quickly got used to it and actually enjoyed it It certainly gave great insight into their lives, both in the present and in the past The characters are a little strange, but work well within the storyline It had a fairly creepy feeling, especially at the beginning, and produced some really tense moments together with an all pervading air of menace There were some good twists and turns Although it wasn t the most gripping psychological thriller that I ve read, it was certainly gripping enough to retain my attention Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK for my ARC I have given an honest review in exchange

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