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Those People

Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

Could you hate your neighbour enough to plot to kill him?  

Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. 

Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house to house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don't agree with them.  

©2019 Louise Candlish (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner." (Guardian)

"Addictive, twisty and oh so terrifyingly possible." (Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You)

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Neighbours from hell

Having read the brilliant Our House last year I was really looking forward to this new book by Louise Candlish. It deals with the subject we all dread – nightmare neighbours. The residents of Lowland Way live in a suburban paradise – a nice community minded area of London, with nice neighbours who all get on. Until Darren and his girlfriend Jodie move into the house on the corner. Then they all have to deal with his loud music day and night, his noisy home renovations, and the used car business he runs from his house. Until one day a horrific death shocks them all.

This is a slow burner, and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Our House, it is still a really interesting story, the writing is superb and I would urge everyone to stick with it. There’s quite a big cast of characters to get your head around, and to be honest I don’t think there’s a likeable one amongst them! I’m quite glad I don’t live on Lowland Way, even though some of the houses sound fabulous. In the end I even felt sorry for Darren and Jodie. The setting is painted so well and you can imagine the gorgeous houses, and then the eyesore on the corner with the sound of power tools throughout the day and loud rock music into the early morning.

I listened to the Audible version and the narrator was just right for the book and made it even more enjoyable.

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OK but long winded

Started well and was set up well. But it was too samey. Lots of repeated phrases and storylines (well it felt like it). I didn't like the characters and felt the whole story dragged and was long winded.

I guessed the ending.

I had listened to Our House (which was brilliant) but this was not up to that standard. Really slow and just not gripping.

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dull and pointless

Not sure why I struggled to the end. I guess I hoped something would happen and I'd find there was a point. Reading this was like listening to an annoying family member or friend moan on about something irrelevant and petty. Sorry but it left me anxious, drained and annoyed.

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REALLY.....?! I wish noisy neighbours were all I worried about in life.

I really don’t know what the point of this book even was... it was the most middle class, 3rd world woe, moaning bit of nonsense I’ve ever read. I just kept thinking... REALLY... this is their biggest problem in life??! And the whole book was just the same thing over and over. No twist. Nothing exciting. And the ending... WHAT?! It made literally a joke out of persevering. It needed a few more chapters to tie it off. How the woman has a book deal I’ll honestly never understand... won’t be wasting my time with any of her other books

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Disappointed

High hopes for this, drew me in quickly and built up to... A damp squib ending, no real plot twist, not much tying up of loose ends and very hurried final chapters.

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ok

so wanted to love this as I was a HUGE fan of her previous book, Our House. (Seriously, it is brilliant! read that one for sure!)
So, there was nothing necessarily wrong with this one… it just wasn’t for me. It lacked the pace and excitement of the previous one and the ending kind of… fizzled out like the end of a sparkler being plunged into damp sand. It has a similar narrative style to the TV show of Big Little Lies which was well done but seemed to me to be cheating. It did build up the tension but I was confused as the climax came halfway through the book. There are then other crimes committed and a lot of he said, she said, who could have done what… but I admit I just didn’t really care. Without giving too much away, I think the first victim would have needed to be a main character to have kept my interest.
However, don’t let me put you off as it is really well written. There’s a fairly large cast of characters that are extremely well thought out, with enough flaws and nuances to seem like real people. It’s just a shame I didn’t like or relate to any of them. Candlish is an expert at capturing the little moments in daily life that, taken out of context seem mundane and of little consequence, but in reality can make or break a friendship or marriage.
It was a slow burn and to be honest I needed it to be a lot more. Sticking with the sparkler analogy… I was looking for fireworks at New Year but it was more like the cheap, safe, garden fireworks that never give what the box promises. Sorry. Narration was good.

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Boring characters

I gave up with this book, something I don’t usually do but I was so bored and uninterested in the characters. I didn’t care enough about the characters to find out who the the murderer was.

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Neighbours at war!

Intriguing.... An enigmatic, intriguing and real page turner. Simple story but one where you want to find out what happens next...

Read in just over a day. A tale of revenge - the privileged versus the every day labourer. Good characters and wholly realistic.

Would recommend and read another of hers. Brilliant.

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Really annoying narration and very basic story line. I waited to the end for a twist but it didn't come.

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Slow Burner

Like others I found this story to be a little slow going. Perhaps it just wasn’t as pacy and plot driven as I was expecting. You can see the nightmare unfolding and people’s lives slowly coming apart but a lot of it just felt like waiting for something to happen. I didn’t feel any sympathy for the Booths. Prepare to cringe with recognition at the snobbery of some of the characters though