Louise Candlish – Those People

I always forget how much I love a good mystery thriller, and this was just what I needed to entertain me on a rainy saturday afternoon. So fast-paced that I couldn’t put it down and enough twists and turns that it wasn’t predictable (which I hate).

In fact, it was quite the opposite of predictable, the main twist coming about half way through the book and catching me completely by surprise.

The book centers around a hoity-toity street in the suburbs of London, the main characters were all so up themselves that I took an immediate dislike to the whole lot of them. But their perfect little bubble is shattered when ‘those people’ move in at the end of the street.

‘Those people’ are not like the rest of the street. ‘Those people’ are loud and brash and don’t abide by the rules. ‘Those people’ are a threat to the peace and tranquility that the rest of the street has tried so hard to cultivate. And ‘those people’ must be dealt with, because we couldn’t possibly have ‘those people’ living on our street.

I absolutely loved the format of the book. We know that someone has died because each chapter starts with a police interview with one of the residents of the street, but we don’t know who has died. As I read each chapter, my suspicions shifted. It seems like everyone on the street has a motive, but who is brave or crazy or desperate enough?

I swung quite wildly between sympathising with ‘those people’ because they seemed a lot more like me than the other residents of the street, but then hating them because they truly did seem like they were being obnoxious for the sake of it, and we would all hate to live next door to them.

I thought the author did a fantastic job exploring the hidden dark side of otherwise perfect looking people. The kind of people who put on such a shiny exterior but are actually pretty unpleasant.

Never mind not wanting to live next to ‘those people’, I wouldn’t want to live on this street full stop.

I’ll definitely be looking out for more books from this author!

My rating: 4Average rating: 3.30
400 pages. Published in: 2019
Read in Paperbackon 18th July 2020

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