Evan (O'Connor Brothers Vol. 5) kNg couple to have it and accepted their lower bid But younow the saying If it seems too good to be true then it probably is Well that s certainly the case hereJack 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 On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS keep the discovery to themselves buteeping this secret means they ve made a really bad call leading to some life changing eventsThe 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 uickly got used
"To It And Actually Enjoyed "it and actually enjoyed 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 attentionThank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK for my ARC I have given an honest review in exchange A truly uniue reading experience with some fantastic twists that had me up late finishing See my full review on my blogWhen I first started to read The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic I honestly didn t now what to make of it Lelic uses a really interesting style with this book where for about the first 23 the two main characters are writing back and forth journal entries trying to explain what happened and what led them to the first big twist no spoilers sorry What was interesting though was that their #journal entries almost sounded like they were reading each other s as they wrote even # entries almost sounded like they were reading each other s as they wrote even their intended audience was a third party Sometimes they d respond to what the other said in a very humorous way I really 35 I haven t been very lucky with thriller so far this year but I m very happy to say this one was worth the readThe writing style won t be for everyone it s very casual and mostly in the form of journal entries However my main criteria for thrillers is to be surprise by at least some of the twist and I thought I new what was what I was wrongIf you re looking for a book you won t want to put down I recommend itThank you 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 been wary 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 gripThe 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 a volatile character but she is committed to Jack hoping for a settled 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 possibleLelic has a gripping issues of dysfunctional families fathers trust loss and the search for justice by whatever means possibleLelic has a gripping 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. Ck 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 GOODFun fact about me first I ve been dying to crack into the suspensethriller genre again for a long time now so when I ve been dying to crack into the suspensethriller genre again for a long time now so when I across this book on NetGalley I had to put in a reuest 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 eep me totally invested in this story from start to finish When 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 it turns out instead to be a burning staircase You take your chances anywayI 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 This is a domesticpsychological thriller heavier on the domestic side which ind of threw me for a loop I always love a dual perspective novel and this one added another dimension the first part of the story is told from journal entries and the conversational tone of the narrative was uniue This one just went in a different direction than I was expecting and I think that because my expectations weren t met I was a bit thrown It is difficult as an avid reader of this genre to be surprised and it is truly because of my personal expectations that this one didn t head where I thought it would go I encourage readers to try this one for themselvesThank you to Netgalley Berkley and Simon Lelic for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 45 Dark and Twisted Stars 5This book was originally titled The House I believe this is actually a apt title this book is about Jack and Sid finding their dream house a house really out of their price range yet unbelievably they get it at first they feel lucky although Jack is never uite sold on the house The house is also filled with all the possessions and furnishings of the previous owner who moved to Australia and left his belongings behind at first they were having fun going through the former owner s belongings having fun playing the vinyl records but then they encounter a strange smell and then things go sideways and bump in the nightThe beginning of this book is told very cleverly Jack and Sid are co authoring a manuscript to give to the police explaining all the events leading up to the discovery of a murdered neighbor in the alley behind their house I thought this was very effective you got a glimpse into both Sid and Jack s perspectives it was almost as though you were reading their journal or they were talking directly to you I found both Sid and Jack s characters uite interesting although I was always a little sure that Jack was being honest Sid was a little bit of a mysteryDon t want to go too much into the plot just now it is full of twists and turns and uite dark there is also abuse so if this is something that puts you off a book I would not recommendSomething I found interesting is in the beginning I was thinking is this a ghost story Did I misread the blurb I had read it many months ago then I read the authors notes at the end of the book and this book did in fact start off as a ghost story but then it took a turn I d classify this as a domestic thriller with a dab of psychological thriller thrown in so if you are a fan of either of these genres I would strongly recommend thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book This thing I ve planned for so carefully it has all gone drastically horribly wrong Well 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 What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crimeLondoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago It seemed like their dre.