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The New Home: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist Paperback – 2 September 2021
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You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…
Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…
When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.
You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.
You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.
But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…
Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!
What readers are saying about The New Home:
‘A heart-stopping read of determination against all odd… Had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. Hang on for the ride!’ Nicki’s Book Blog
‘This wild ride took me surprise so many times. You think you know what's going on.... Then BAM it’s not what you're thinking!… WOW! Amazing, great, wonderful read!’ @oh.happy.reading, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this one. I was on the edge of my seat until the last page.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘So very, very good.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
What readers are saying about Chris Merritt:
‘I read this within 24 hours, it was that outstanding… An astonishing page-turner.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I literally had shivers down my spine… Phenomenal and exciting!’ Carla Kovach, 5 stars
‘A totally gripping page-turner that crackles with tension – get ready to stay up late!’ Lisa Regan
‘Kept me gripped from start to finish… Gripping and nail-biting, a complete roller-coaster ride.’ The Reading Closet
‘I absolutely loved this book… Kept me on the edge of my seat… Fantastic.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Utterly Fantastic.’ Carol Wyer
‘One of those books that once you start, you just have to keep on reading no matter how late it is… I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough… Totally absorbing and brilliant thriller.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book will have you in its grip and won’t let go until you reach that final page.’ It’s all About Books
‘Compulsive… Enthralling, exhilarating and a thoroughly gripping page-turner.’ Avid Readers Retreat
‘Brilliant!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Kept me hooked right till the end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘An Incredible book.’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars
‘This is a hell of a read.’ A Knight’s Read
‘Another gripping and twisty book… I keep thinking the last book is my favourite and then the next one comes out and I like it ever better.’ The Enthusiastic Book Worm, 5 stars
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- Publisher : Bookouture (2 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1800193343
- ISBN-13 : 978-1800193345
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.11 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've not read Chris Merritt before and I have to say that THE NEW HOME was a great introduction if this first standalone thriller by the author is anything to go by. It is well-written and quite addictive once it gets going as the twisted story slowly unfolds and you don't know who to trust.
Freelance documentary filmmaker Freya and her cardiologist fiance Jack has just bought and moved into a fixer-upper in Weybridge on the outskirts of London. Almost immediately Freya befriends neighbour Emily Crawford and her daughter Thea even if her husband is a standoffish barrel of laughs. Over the course of the ensuing months, Freya and Emily enjoy an easy friendship in each other's company...until one day in July the police come knocking on their door.
Emily and her daughter are missing.
Almost at once Freya begins to suspect Emily's husband Michael who doesn't appear to be too distraught over his wife and child's disappearance. He welcomes no help, he is abrupt to the point of rudeness and Freya is sure he hiding something. Not only that, whenever Freya tries voicing her concerns with the detective in charge of the case, Paul Henderson, her pleas appear to fall on deaf ears. After the initial questioning by police at the outset, no one seems to be looking for Emily and Thea at all!
No one, except Freya.
And so she sets up a page on social media to garner the assistance of the public to help find her missing friend and daughter. Because right now, Freya appears to be the only hope Emily has. No one else appears to be at all concerned. When she received a post from a woman claiming to be Michael's ex, Alice, outlining his abuse of her and that Emily is better off without him, Freya feels she is validated in her suspicions of her secretive neighbour. Which then lead her to searching his loft which adjoins theirs as well as his shed at the bottom of the garden. Then it isn't long before she begins receiving threatening messages to leave well enough alone or she'll be next. Is she getting too close to the truth and now he wants to ensure her silence?
Just when she thinks she knows what has happened to Emily, Freya's world is turned upside down as her vivid imagination, as well as Jack, appear to betray her and she no longer knows who she can trust. But despite this, Freya knows she cannot rest until she finds the truth about what happened to Emily and Thea.
THE NEW HOME is certainly a twisty addictive thrill ride of a domestic thriller that will have you questioning the reliability of everyone in the story. Freya, especially, was an unreliable narrator that it was hard to trust her judgement let alone anyone else's. As the reader, you will go through a multitude of scenarios, even the most outlandish ones, before reaching the final conclusion which will leave you thinking..."what the hell just happened?"
Filled with spine-tingling suspense, THE NEW HOME gives us characters who are not all that they seem. There are twists and red herrings to keep readers on their toes with this nail-biting read. The plot is tense and tightly written filled with cryptic clues that will befuddle the cleverest and most observant reader. I truly didn't know what was going on but I sure had fun trying to figure it out! And figure it out I did just before it was revealed.
The story unfolds through Freya's first person narrative which is clever in such a way that we are getting her perspective which is not always reliable...and so we begin to question just how much truth is there to her narrative? We are also given a glimpse into an unnamed person's delusional narrative as we try to weave the two together to see the bigger picture.
THE NEW HOME is certainly an addictive and enjoyable read and perfect for fans of domestic thrillers with a psychological twist.
Freya soon befriends Emily from next door and her five year old daughter Thea. Her husband, Michael, however is a cold fish who isn’t very welcoming. On the other side is an elderly lady, Cathy, who is very friendly but a bit scatty so her information is not always reliable. The story is told mostly from the POV of Freya who is not an entirely reliable narrator and the occasional disturbing thoughts of someone who is clearly stalking someone else.
After about four months Emily and Thea disappear. Around the same time Freya has a miscarriage and her mental health suffers so she starts seeing a therapist, Laurence. She also takes it upon herself to start a social media campaign to find Emily and Thea. This campaign brought out even more unreliable narrators and red herrings! I thought there was enough to work with without having to go down the familiar path of the lone, amateur woman who is convinced only she cares enough to solve whatever needs to be solved. The other familiar trope I could have done without is the husband/fiancé/boyfriend telling her she is imagining things and not supporting her. To be fair, Freya did throw a number of very ‘out there’ theories at the police, none of which panned out. And she was not above sneaking around in other people’s property and business making wild accusations left right and centre. An incident in Freya’s past which she would rather have kept secret didn’t help her case either.
However she carried on undaunted. The final twist was not totally unexpected either. Nevertheless I did get quite engaged with the story in the second half. I certainly needed to know who was stalking who and who was threatening Freya and was Jack guilty of anything untoward and was Michael guilty of killing anybody. A lot of questions there which needed answers. So, while I thought the book could have been handled better I still quite enjoyed it. I think Freya would have strained the patience of anybody and I don’t totally blame Jack for brushing off some of her concerns.
It was a fairly quick, easy and entertaining story that didn’t tax the brain cells too much. Overall I thought it was enjoyable. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the much appreciated ARC which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
I am huge fan of Chris Merritt’s crime thrillers so when I heard he was going to be penning a book in my favourite psychological thriller genre, I couldn’t wait to read it. So how do I think he did after I finished reading The New Home? Read on to find out!
Freya is excited to have so quickly made a wonderful new friend in Emily, after moving next door to her. Freya is then left reeling when Emily and her daughter Thea suddenly disappear. Does this beautiful leafy quite street hide a shocking secret that will shake not only Freya but the reader to their very core!
As always Chris Merritt delivers a clever, well thought out and executed plot, which expertly draws the reader into the story and holds you hostage. I couldn’t flick the pages on my Kindle fast enough, desperate to know what happened to Emily and Thea that I could not stop reading until I found out, which when I did, left me as shook as Freya!
So to loop back to the beginning of my review, how do I think Chris Merritt did with his first foray into the psychological thriller genre? I think he nailed it! I absolutely loved this book. A strong plot, an unreliable narrator which are my favourite kind and a outcome I didn’t see coming, this book is the whole package. A very enjoyable and entertaining read which i highly recommend.
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Feeling no one is taking the disappearances seriously and suffering from her own private tragedy Freya throws herself into finding out what really happened to her friend. Wth Jack and the police convinced she is getting in over her head Freya feels more alone by the day but are her worse case scenarios anywhere close to what really happened or could it actually be something she can’t imagine.
Chris Merritt is a master at drawing readers into his series of novels and not letting them leave thankfully this standalone thriller is no different. Freya is a woman whose thoughts have a habit of taking over and to begin with they are a little intrusive as her vivid imagination is working overtime!
This is a novel that surprises, it lays things out before changing everything you thought was happening into something completely different. I was forever second guessing myself and, without spoilers, sometimes there are very ordinary reasons for things which seem suspicious. Of course that isn't always the case and there are some surprises which shocked both the books characters and me!
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. Overall I have enjoyed the series by this author a little more but this is still an excellent, thought provoking read.
The police inspector's attitude towards Freya, when she was trying to give important information in a case that involved 2 missing people, was pathetic and unbelievable, and would never have happened in a real world situation.
It is also hard to believe that as an established investigative journalist, Freya had only Google and the next door neighbour for her leads. Surely in her line of work, she would know numerous contacts, private investigators and IT experts to help her with the case.
And then we have the elderly neighbour next door, who seems to know a lot, but can't give a straight answer. A situation that pops up a lot in psychological thrillers and is becoming a bit of a cliche.
I also found the dialogue very repetitive. The same conversation was relayed and tediously chewed over time and again with Jack, both neighbours, and the counseller.
By the second half I started skipping pages and couldn't really tell you how it ended. Hopefully, they got rid of the police inspector.
You find yourself drawn in from the very start, as Freya, in her “New Home”, makes an immediate connection with her new neighbour, Emily and soon begins to regard her as a friend. When Emily and her little girl Thea suddenly disappear after a few months, Emily sets off on a one woman crusade to discover what lies behind their disappearance. It’s not just Freya asking the questions, it’s you the reader asking why Freya’s husband, Jack, a medical practitioner, seems unconcerned or why is Emily’s husband, Michael so unresponsive? Why aren’t the police doing more? Is the elderly neighbour on the other side, Cathy, just an eccentric or is there more to it? Or at the end of the day, is Freya just a hyper obsessive person? And then you remember: this book is subtitled “a psychological thriller” and the mind games are cleverly involving you, the reader. I guarantee that the “reveal” at the end will surprise you and leave you in admiration at such a clever plot.
P.S. A word to the publishers, editors and possibly Chris Merritt himself –my friends and I are hoping that Zac and team (first series), Dan Lockhart and Lexi Green (second series) have not been dumped altogether and replaced by the psychological thriller genre instead. We look forward to more episodes in all three genres. Thank you. Jimbo