Oct 01, 2020
The House
Posted by Simon Lelic

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 it.So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it That was a mistake.Because someonWhat 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 it.So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it That was a mistake.Because someone has just been murdered Right outside their back door.And now the police are watching them

  • Title: The House
  • Author: Simon Lelic
  • ISBN: 9780241296547
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • The House 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 an

    Amalia Gavea

    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 [...]


    Paromjit

    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 [...]


    Maureen

    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 [...]


    Miriam Smith

    It s impossible to start this book and not become addicted to it instantly The way the book is written Jack and his girlfriend Syd, write their side of the story as a journal in alternating chapters just intrigues you so much you have to keep reading What is it about the house that s so troublesome What s that smell Who is Elise Admittedly I would have liked a little goings on with The House since that s the title of the book initially you believe that because there s a grisly find in the loft [...]


    Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net

    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 finish When you re caught inside [...]


    Carrie

    Jack and Syd are a young couple that have been house hunting for quite a while and slowly losing hope that they will ever find something perfect for them Jack isn t quite as excited over the latest showing that comes full of the previous owners cast offs but Syd is immediately taken with the property When they agreed to put in an offer neither really thought it would accepted but now they find themselves moving into their new home After moving in the couple has their hands full trying to sort th [...]


    Louise Wilson

    Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago Their dream home with tons of space, in the perfect location and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it But they find something grisly in the attic and they have chosen to ignore it But now someone has been murdered outside their back donor.The book is written in an exchange form by Jack and Syd and tells us about their background before they met, and their lives together now There is a lot happens in this book It gives off a creepy and [...]


    Dannii Elle

    You can find my full review of this book and many others at United by Pop.London is an ordeal for any young couple making the daunting first leap on to the property ladder All the desirable future homes are unobtainable and, well, all the obtainable ones are undesirable That s why it seemed too good to be true when late twenties couple, Sydney and Jack, beat all the other prospective buyers for their dream home But when it seems too good to be true, that usually means it is.Purchasing their drea [...]


    Gary

    This is the first book I have read by author Simon Lelic but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking out for of his work to read.When Londoners Jack and Syd move into their new house it seems like they have found their dream house, it has lots of space and situated in a perfect location and the friendly owner wanted the young couple to have it So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it This book is very entertaining and is narrated in the alternating [...]


    Zuky the BookBum

    I had heard some good things about this book so before I started it, I already had a reasonably high expectation of it I went into it enjoying it, but that gradually went down and down and down What I m saying is, I didn t love, or even really like this.Mainly, it was the characters that ruined it this for me Syd I didn t like from the get go I thought she was selfish and always so hypocritical She was allowed to act one way, but as soon as Jack began acting the same way she judged him for it Da [...]


    Nicki

    Although this riveting story is titled The House it does not in any way resemble The Girl Before nor is there any supernatural elements to the story.Yes the house is pivotal to the plot but this is a gripping human character based story that had me hooked from the first page and I honestly enjoyed reading a lot than the afore mentioned book.Syd and Jack have just moved into their forever home and are still struggling to get over the shock that out of all the people who where at the viewing thei [...]


    Pauline

    The House by Simon Lelic is a psychological thriller about abuse, lies and murder I found this book hard to follow in parts as it was written as diary entries from two different people The story had many twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for my e copy in exchange for an honest review.


    Paul O'Neill

    But that was a mistake Because someone has just been murdered Right outside their back doorUtterly riveting, cunningly written and bursting full of character The book follows Jack and Syd as they buy their first house, which is a strange deal and include all of the previous owners stuff The story follows Jack and Syd as something terrible happens and a body is found just outside their house Above all, this story was about family It made me realise that I m extremely lucky with the caring family [...]


    ReadAlong With Sue

    Link to my blogsueandherbooks Every time someone asked me if I was enjoying the book I either said Not much or Not really Mostly they were avid reader friends like myself who already were part way through the book I love keeping folk guessing, sometime it makes them relook at the book or if they haven t read it, they go find out about it OK I m a tease At the beginning of the book though, I was getting into it find Where Jack and Syd are viewing this house with the aim to buy, Syd really loves [...]


    Laura

    real bargains are few and far between It s just a question of how and when you re made to pay.It appears I m in the minority with this one, which I find surprising The synopsis is misleading making my expectations entirely different from what this novel actually was I expected a dark, sinister mystery that would freak me out because I just became a homeowner myself I thought the couple Jack Syd would move in and a body would be right outside their back door, among other unsettling discoveries I [...]


    Liz Barnsley

    Brilliant Brilliant This is how I like my psychological thrillers Clever, twisted and unexpected.Long wait for this one but seriously I had to read it now fuller review nearer publication.


    Karen

    The marketing for this book was very intriguing First in the post arrived a key, with a code to a website link which when unlocked, then showed details of the book Genius The proof cover doesn t give anything away so when I started reading I went in blind and was very quickly hooked The story is told by both Jack and Syd in turn, each recounting events and their thoughts as journal entries Sometimes this format can be difficult to connect with but this was well done and worked well for me You di [...]


    Dennis

    The New Neighbors is a deeply rooted dark and devious thriller that will keep you guessing until the end Jack and Sydney Syd are a modern couple in London looking to buy a house after saving everything they could in order to fulfill their dreams together The duo attend an open house with their realtor, Evan, and immediately fall in love with this particular property The house has than enough space, is in a great area in London, and is around the price range that they are looking at Luckily for [...]


    Lucy Banks

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Less a thriller, a fascinating exploration into the long, lingering impact of abuse.I ve got to admit, it was the front cover that pulled me in A sinister glimpse of a staircase, the menace of that title how could I not request this book Likewise, the description sounded fabulously sinister strange things afoot in a new house, a murder, plenty of intrigue just my sort of thing Interestingly enough, this book was les [...]


    Susan

    Jack and Sydney are a young couple, hoping to be able to afford a house in London They attend the Open Day of what appears to be their dream house The estate agent tells them the owner has gone to Australia and left the house, furnished They put in an offer and, to their surprise, find it has been accepted However, before long, Jack especially, begins to feel uncomfortable There is an uncomfortable atmosphere, then an odd discovery in the attic We hear of many of the events in this book afterwar [...]


    Kirsty 📚📖❤️

    This is a gripping story from start to finish I really enjoyed it It starts at a frenetic pace and doesn t let up til the end The story is alternated by the 2 main characters Jack Syd as they move into a dream home, befriend a local girl who is being abused by her father which brings back bad memories for Syd, who has also suffered this way.Confronting him though only brings about shocking results including the bad guys death So who killed him and why There are lots of twists and turns with an i [...]


    Rachel Hall

    The House is my first read of author, Simon Lelic, and proved a disappointing experience and a book that I had to persevere with, so embarrassingly contrived was the behaviour of the lead characters and how utterly nonsensical some of the decisions they made were Thankfully the final third of the book progressed and The House ended on an impressive note, albeit a little too late On the basis of the sketchy premise, The House, appears to be marketed as the story of young Londoners, Jack and Sydn [...]


    The Book Review Café

    Moving into your dream home should be the happiest of times right Wrong , take Jack and Syd ,their dream home turns into there worse nightmare This is going to be one of those reviews that may seem vague but in truth it s a difficult book to review without giving away major spoilers The one thing I will say is the book description very much leads the reader in the wrong direction, of course the house is pinnacle to the plot, but this novel has far much to offer Although the descriptions of the [...]


    Warda

    The premise of this book is that our two main characters, Jack and Syd, have moved into a new home that they feel have gotten far too easily They ignore it blaming it on luck, pretty much Next they discover things in the house that are far too eerie and could have a possible link to their pasts and the story takes off from there There s a lot that takes place in this book I don t think I can call it a favourite, but I enjoyed it for the most part A lot The suspense was right on and the story was [...]


    Warrengent

    Brilliant novel with a fantastic but intriguing situation that they find themselves in My wife recently wanted to move house and I point blank refused a awesome novel highly recommend it


    Laura

    More book reviews on snazzybooks The House is the kind of thriller I love complex, a little bit creepy and peppered with twists and surprise to keep the reader guessing It s told in a fairly unique way at first it seems like the two narrators, couple Jack and Syd, are writing letters or diary style entries to each other and communicating that way, so we learn a lot about their thoughts, feelings and things they may have kept from each other before As the novel goes on this style is maintained bu [...]


    Mandy White

    Thank you to Penguin Books UK for granting my wish on Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review This book was not at all what I expected but I really enjoyed it Life has never been good for Syd but when she moves into her own house in London with her boyfriend her past comes back to haunt her


    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON APRIL 10, 2018 THE NEW NEIGHBORS had many broken, hurt characters that all stemmed back to their childhood and to one person Could it be than one person causing all the grief This book is definitely a psychological fest It plays on your mind just like the author has others play on the minds of the characters and storyline Everything doesn t seem to be what it appears to be If you enjoy characters that are secretly twisted and a storyline that keeps you wondering, watching [...]


    Jessica Gonzatto

    Read it thanks to NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review I reviewed it on my blog bitesizerevs.wordpress 20I read this book in one day I wouldn t say it s one of my favorites, but it was certainly very good and interesting The unusual way it is written I can t describe it better than a past double first person testimony until the middle and then afterwards a present double first person Confusing could have gone totally against the narrative, but actually, I enjoyed it.It s different, alrigh [...]


    BookwormCatLady

    I was a sucker for the cover on this book and I really liked the writing style in that it skipped from past to present day with diary excerpts.It s a slow burner, then picks up the pace which turns into so many threads you struggle to keep up For some readers this is a positive aspect but for me it got irritating and confusing.For people I recommend this to I will make a point of emphasising that the synopsis and title is quite misleading and that I would categorise this as a mystery rather than [...]



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