Some neighbours are the worst. Imagine living next to THOSE PEOPLE? Honestly, it would have driven me insane.
And to think that the police do not get involved in noise complaints, citing it being a council issue, is ludicrous! Here, if such a thing happened we can call the police who would then address the issue with the offending neighbours. End of story. What does the council have to do with it, really? Noise complaints are a police concern given that they are disrupting the neighbourhood and breaching the peace.
Aside from that, I felt like this was an episode of "Desperate Housewives" and, despite having enjoyed the show, this just felt like tit-for-tat and didn't convey as well on paper as it did on screen. In fact, I found every character in it annoying - except for Tuppy (stupid name for a dog).
So what can I say about THOSE PEOPLE? That that's 2 days of reading I can't get back? Behind on my NetGalley schedule already I lost 2 days to end up none the wiser.
Lowland Way is a quiet leafy suburb in South London where the neighbours are community minded. Given the description of the area, I'd say an affluent part of London. Every Sunday is "Play Out Sunday" where the street is cleared of vehicles, temporary bollards erected and signs put in place notifying others. It's a day rolled back to days of old when children used to play in the street without the fear of being bowled over by an SUV. The community had rallied to make it happen and those who lived on Lowland Way prided themselves on their community spirit.
That is, until the Booths moved into Number 1. Music played at full volume at all house, noisy household renovations, dangerous scaffolding put in place creating an eye-sore on the street and not to mention the illegal car dealing business they are running out of the house and taking up all the residents' parking spaces. It soon becomes apparent - the Booths are not welcome in Lowland Way.
Complaints are made but go unheeded and just seem to escalate the problem. The pile of rubble that adorns the entrance to the well-manicured street has only served to bring down the value of houses down.
The residents of Lowland Way think it is their job to police their neighbourhood and unite against the Booths, hoping to make them tow the line so as to restore peace to their street. But then a tragedy happens....but then it was only a matter of time.
THOSE PEOPLE is the first book I've read by Louise Candlish and I can't say that I'm thrilled by it. The premise certainly sounded far more promising than it actually was. I felt completely unconnected to any of the characters in a way that felt almost detached. And I felt no sympathy for anyone. No one in this book was remotely likable except the dog, and even he played such a small role it is hardly worth mentioning.
The plot was incredibly dull and the speed glacial. The reveals when they came were uneventful and disappointing. Really, I was that unexcited by the book that I just can't be bothered to even relate much in review.
I cannot say I would recommend THOSE PEOPLE but if you are a Louise Candlish fan I am sure you will enjoy this one, as many others seem to have. Just not me.
Another thing I found irritating is that this is a book written by a British author, set in London and published by an Australian publisher. Why, then, is it editted in American English and not UK English? Neighbor instead of neighbour, organize instead of organise. I'd expect it of a book by an American author and set in Amercia, but not a British one. But that is just me.
I would like to thank #LouiseCandlish, #NetGalley and #SimonAndSchusterAustralia for an ARC of #ThosePeople in exchange for an honest review.
The author is British, an alumnus of UCL, and worked as an editor in art publishing and a copywriter before turning her hand to fiction. She has published >20 books (I lost count). A newspaper literary critic far wittier than me coined the term "suburban noir" for Ms Candlish's style. It's a good call. In Our House (2018), the only other one I've read, a woman comes home to find strangers moving into her house, a house she didn't sell. Hint: There's an estranged husband lurking about. In this one, the neighbour from hell moves into Lowland Way, and proceeds to reduce his house to rubble. The concerns and complaints of the good burghers of London's answer to Ramsay Street fall on deaf ears, in no small part because the male newcomer is a metalhead mechanic who divides his time between his power tools and ministering to the five cars that now block everyone else's access. The narrative moves along apace without much of interest happening: an unusual combination in my experience. I'm still not sure how Ms Candlish managed that. Reviews I've read vary in their enthusiasm, from meh to tepid endorsement. Bearing in mind I’m a grumpy old white man, I'm going to go with meh.
Lowland Way is a quiet, community minded street in South London. Until the Booth's move into number 1 that is. Playing loud music at all hours, noisy household renovations, not to mention the illegal car dealing business they are running from the house, taking up all the resident's parking spaces, the Booths are definitely not welcome in Lowland Way.
The neighbours are up in arms. Complaints go unheeded, well in fact they just escalate the problem. The once well manicured street has turned to a pile of rubble, bringing the housing prices down. The neighbours unite against the Booths. Then a tragedy happens...
I did enjoy his psychological thriller, reading it in a day. It's full of unlikeable characters, both the Booths and the neighbours, though I'm sure that's intended. The conclusion was somewhat satisfying, but honestly I doubt I'll remember this book in a months time.
My thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review. the opinions are entirely my own.
Holy moly, what a hell of a ride this book was! I really enjoyed the fictional neighbourhood Candlish conjured up in her last novel OUR HOUSE, but she has taken it one step further this time and really ratcheted up the tension here.
“Those people” is a term that refers to Darren and Jodie, the new hellish neighbours in No 1 Lowland Way. We have made an effort, the other residents will say. But to be honest, they never even tried to fit in, did they? Rude Darren with his loud music and junk cars lined up all the way down the street, whose hostility even jeopardises the “play outside Sunday” scheme that has made this neighbourhood one of the most desirable in this part of the city. Jodie, his partner, who scowls and gets abusive when she is being confronted with the other neighbours’ requests to conform to the high standards of Lowland Way. It doesn’t take long until they have brought down the tone of the whole street. House prices are already plummeting. Marriages are on the brink. And soon someone will be dead ....
I really enjoy slow burning, character driven books based on interpersonal relationships, and this one really delivered all that and more! It was such an entertaining read, which may not be the proper word for a tale of conflict and tension. It made for that sort of gloating feeling you get when you are confronted by a bunch of dysfunctional characters and instantly a) feel better about yourself; and b) believe your own life look pretty normal in comparison.
What drives respectable people to take the plunge into the world of crime and corruption? Murder, even? If you have ever wondered this, then you are in for a treat. The slow and steady unravelling of a whole neighbourhood because of two unlikeable misfits is like watching a forest-fire take hold – you know it is not going to end well. I loved the way Candlish exposes the deepest darkest corners of our characters’ minds, right down to the unexpected finale. Apart from creating the “bad neighbours” from hell, she also isn’t afraid to highlight the hypocrisies and double standard of the wealthy – and slightly arrogant - residents of Lowland Way when things don’t go their way. But who am I to judge? Our neighbourhood quibbles (“That blasted dog from No 10 is barking again!”) sound perfectly harmless in the face of Darren’s exploits. I particularly enjoyed the different POVs from all the residents that are involved in this giant conflict – it made for some interesting perspectives, and the excerpts from the police statements break up the story nicely.
Those People is a book for readers who enjoy slow burning, character driven books that slowly and deliciously unravel – sit by with a glass of wine in hand and watch it all go to sh**. If you are a reader who wants action, then you may find this one a bit slow to take off. However, Candlish draws her characters well and with great skill, which made this a joy to read for me. I soon found myself utterly consumed by the situation, and I couldn’t wait to find out how it would all play out. Another original and entertaining read from the author – what a great movie this one would make! I really look forward to see what she comes up with next.
Having read Our House by Louise Candlish last year I jumped at the chance to read Those People. And happy to say that it lived up to expectations. There are some questionable characters here, and not only the one that the book is focused on. I loved the way it is written in short chapters for multiple residents points of view and the start of the book goes back to weeks before the turning point. It is a very easy, quick read and is absolutely a book I recommend.
Welcome to Lowland Way - a quiet street where all the neighbours get along, they close the road every Sunday so the kids can play and a nice place to live. That is until one of the neighbours dies and her nephew Darren Booth moves into number 1. From the very start he does little to fit into the aesthetic of the area - working on old cars, putting up scaffolding and renovating loudly, playing loud metal music until all hours. The neighbours try to reason with him but he does not wants anything to do with it, going about his business without care for anybody else. When there is a death on his property the neighbours immediately believe Darren is to blame - but the police do not agree. This is where the true characters of the street come out.
Thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
I was intrigued by the blurb of Those People. It kind of reminded me of when I did the big tree change from the city out into a small country town - being the blow in into town can be just like when Darren Booth moves into Lowland Way.
Oh. My. God. Everyone (except for the victims of the crime) are horrible. There was not one redeeming characteristic in any of them.
I have never read a book where I hated every single person.
I didn't find any growth in any character. They were all narcissistic, shallow, and really just horrible people. If I moved into their street, I would be putting my house on the market quicker than you could say "eff the lot of you. It was kind of like Wisteria Lane - without the likability.
I wanted to like this story, but in the end I just couldn't. I wanted to up the body count and have them all done in, with Booth the last men standing! They were the only reason that I kept up with this one and did not give up completely.
This one was really not one for me, but I am sure fans of Ms Candlish will enjoy it.
Are you a fan of the idyllic community setting that you see in feel good TV shows like Neighbours? If you are, then this book is definitely not for you!
Louise has created a world much like pleasantville, in the suburb of Lowland Way in the south of London, where everything is portrayed as all sunshine and roses. But what was once the ideal street to live in, soon turns into a nightmare when Darren and Jodie set up residence!
They are everything that the rest of the community are not! They play loud music and drink until all hours of the morning, have rubbish and building materials littering their yard, as well as multiple vehicles around that makes the street look like a used car lot. You can imagine that this does not go down well with the other resident’s, and after multiple attempts from each of the neighbours who politely trying to reason with them, Darren and Jodie just laugh off their attempts at trying to make them fit into their way of living.
Then tragedy strikes when one of their own is killed, and everyone is quick to come together to place the blame on Darren and Jodie in the hope that they will be arrested and they can get back their once idyllic street. But there are some things that don’t add up to the police and this is when the story moves into territory of how far would someone go in setting someone up for a crime that has been committed by another.
Louise has cleverly set up a story like what you see out of the TV show “The Nightmare Next Door” and does a great job at conveying what it would be like to live next door to a neighbour from hell! I was able to feel what the residents were feeling and I was very anxious throughout. I could not think of anything worse and I loved how the story moved from an upbeat one to a more darker and sinister tone.
There are a number of characters in the book, that are a mix bag of both likeable and unlikeable ones, that are well written and developed. We are given glimpses into each of their lives away from the perfect world that has been created on the outside to where the reader becomes privy to secrets that are being kept hidden behind closed doors, and how their lives are not as perfect as they appear to be. It is a very intriguing insight how two people can change the dynamics of a street into one where the residents are forced into revealing who they really are.
As the story progresses, any one of them could be the culprit and when I thought I had it figured out, Louise would throw in a curve ball and take me in a completely different direction right up to the finale. I really enjoyed that in this book.
This is a quick enjoyable read that moves at a steady pace, with just the right amount of mystery and suspense that kept me enthralled throughout. I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Louise in the future.
Thank-you to #NetGalley, #SimonandSchuster (Australia) and #LouiseCandlish for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Those People in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was my second time reading a Louise Candlish book and it did not disappoint. The plot grabbed me from the very beginning and kept the suspense building. Those People are the new neighbours who move into a quiet and harmonious street where all of the neighbours get along. The new neighbours ruffle everyone's feathers they seem to go out of their way to offend and annoy everyone. The death of a neighbour on their property leads to further animosity and a sinister conclusion with some great twists along the way. A mesmerising read. It will have you looking twice at your neighbours. #netgalley #bookstagram #tea_sipping_bookworm #kindle #amazon #goodreads #litsy