Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.
But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rul ...more
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She has such a knack for examining the dark side of an otherwise mundane domestic landscape.
Additionally, really enjoy how she formats her stories. The use of mixed media, such as police interviews, newspaper articles, texts and emails, I absolutely love that.
This story is set on Lowland Way, a quiet residential street in a posh-suburban neighborhood. The envy of other neighborhoods, it seems like the perfect place to live ...more
When Darren and Jodie move in....all hell breaks lose. Can you hear the whispers...."I could kill him." Well, of course, they didn't mean it literally, did they?
The pages are filled with some very unlikable characters and a menacing tone. The new neighbors completely put the prior "family-friendly" atmosphere and turned it on it's head.
The mystery element was strong and I was ...more
I always keep notes as I'm reading a book...quotes, pivotal moments, etc. I only had one note on this book upon completion and that was...
...that's how long it took for something of the most miniscule bit of interesting to happen in this book, and even that something was so cursory I nearly drowned in it's wake.
The best descriptive word ...more
One downside of home ownership is the sadness of watching a beloved neighbor pack up and move on. Another is the accompanying anxiety of who will be moving in, just mere yards from you. (Cross your fingers!)
As I’m writing this I’m watching a for sale sign going up across the street and cringing!
The residents of Lowland Way neighborhood are in for a big shock when the epitome of all bad neighbors moves in at the end of the block. Doing all the standard bad neighbor things. Loud music at all ...more
THOSE PEOPLE by LOUISE CANDLISH is an outlandish, eccentric, and wacky tale that definitely amused and entertained this reader. The fun here is deciphering who “Those People” are and seeing what lengths they will go to in order to protect their cushy neighborhood from those not so likeable new neighbors. Hmmm or maybe it’s the not so new residents?
LOUISE CANDLISH delivers a vivid, entertaining, and steady-paced read here with lots of unlikeable characters to eith ...more
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 p ...more
Evidently I'm not a good fit for this author. She writes with a curious detachment that makes me feel so unsympathetic to the characters and bored with the story. I felt this way with her previous novel Our House, except there were some elements of that plot I found interesting.
Ugggghhh. I can't say I found this plot anything but DULL. THOSE PEOPLE moves at a glacial pace and I just can't be bothered to even relate much to you in a review.
If you are a big Louise Candlish fan, then I'm ...more
This was slow all the way through for me. Yes, it looks at behavior and social class. First impressions go a long way and the neighbors in this book ...more
Having had my fair share of horrible neighbors, I was looking forward to reading this novel. As I’m writing this, I’m pretty sure my upstairs neighbors are all jumping up and down at the same time. I used to have a neighbor who complained that we made a lot of noise, but the times she said it was noisy we weren't even home. On top of that, SHE would play the same Sarah Mclachlan song over and over until four A.M. Al ...more
What a great premise for a twisty, domestic thriller that explores the darker side of human social interaction in such an entertaining way. Things start off a bit slow here as we get to know both sides of “those people” and soon tempers are flaring and hostilities escalate and the characters are driven to their breaking points. At times my head was spinning with those twisty turns the story took and how I felt about the characters shifted as we started to see them conflicted and reactin ...more
Double float for double releases today because I do what I want and I don’t give out many 5 Stars.
Those People is the story of what happens when a picture perfect neighborhood like this . . . .
Is infiltrated by new people who have inherited one of the houses that happen to be a little more like this . . . .
What are the established residents to do????
“We’ve said we’ll give it till the end of the month and then . . . “
“And t ...more
THOSE PEOPLE.....WHAT A NIGHTMARE!
If you prefer flawed, unlikable characters, you've come to the right place.
The setting is south London on an exclusive street with homes averaging in the high six figures and neighbors who follow the rules of the council and politics of the people.....until Darren Booth & company move in.
Disruption is immediate as ear-piercing music blares....the used car business of junk-mobiles makes its appearance, and umpteen unfinished home renovations result...more
Those People is the 4th book by Louise Candlish that I’ve read and I love that she has such a unique style, voice, and feel to her books that is so quintessentially Candlish. I’d describe her books as neighborhood noir— ...more
Neighbors. Everybody has them. As we all know, some are better than others.
For “Those People” who live on Lowland Way, they had always lived a lovely, peaceful existence, that is until Darren and Jodie moved into the neighborhood. Darren and Jodie are the kind of neighbors nobody wants. The loud, destructive kind. The ones everyone thoughtfully tries to “approach” - albeit unsuccessfully.
Well, drat. Except, of course, that it doesn’t end well. At all.
“Those People” start ...more
Lowland Way in South London is a seemingly perfect model of surburban harmony where the people are pleasant and friendly, houses and gardens are large and well maintained, the children go to good schools in the area and on Sundays the road is closed to traffic to allow them to play games together in the street. But then loud mouthed, uncouth Darren Booth inherits hi ...more
Lowland Way is an idyllic place where everyone wants to live. Gorgeous homes, wonderful, welcoming neighbors, and children who can play together.
Darren and Jodie are the new neighbors, and they aren’t being neighborly. Their music is always blaring, they immediately start renovations and all that comes along with that, and they have a used car lot in their yard- no joke! Honestly, I would have a hard time if they were my neighbors! 😂
As a ...more
Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review ...more
“Inconsiderate” would be an understatement.
In just 8 weeks, Darren will be dead. (Not a spoiler, you learn that on page 1)
Could one of his neighbors have been angry enough to murder him?
Great premise, but the execution was not working for me. The story was not holding my attention, and I was wishing I could read faster, so I could move on to my next book.
Finally, I just skimmed to the end, to find out who was “guil ...more
One bad neighbor can disrupt an entire street, turning previously happy neighbors spiteful and vicious. I liked the author’s writing style, but not her final wrap up of this story. Which is frustrating, because I was really enjoying the book until the end. I’m not sure if it was her intention to leave an opening for a follow-up book, but the ending ruined this book for me. I do “Our House”, so I’ll probably give he ...more
- I personally wasn't here, no, I was playing tennis at the club on the other side of the high street...
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get ...more
Louise Candlish writes about houses, streets, communities and the people that live in them, her take on neighbours and ‘hoods is second to none, ‘those people’ continues this!
Lowland Way is perfect, an idyll in South London, not too far from ‘estates’ BUT far enough, the neighbours all get on, why they even have a ‘safe street sunday’ where cars lay idle and children play freely
Until its turned into Hell
New neighbour ...more
Darren and Jodie simply aren't Lowland Way material. Their used car lot in the front yard, loud music at all hours, and endless remodeling have enraged the residents on the street. They make sure Darren and Jodie know they're not welcome, but what will it take to reclaim their perfect neighborhood?
THOSE PEOPLE was an ...more
From loud music to the array of cars parked around the house, the other residents vow to make them pay.
But it's not long until the feud reaches breaking point...
The book certainly captures how small incidents of annoying behaviour can soon great, especially as everyone of the street seems to be affected by Darren's actions.
Not a great read, but decent. Closer to 2.5 ⭐️ rounded up.
*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Told with alternating points of view, where the various neighbors give their version of events. The story is told partly in flashback, with the police interviewing the neighbors and everyone recalling the events leading up to the suspicious death.
I enjoyed the premise, but was never fully drawn ...more
This book deals with a community of people who live on Lowland Way. They are seemingly rich, do community events together, close their street on Sundays so the children can play on the street with no threats of danger. That all changes w ...more
Welcome to Lowland Way - a quiet s ...more
It's was a seemingly normal Saturday morning in Lowland Way, the upscale London neighborhood where the novel takes place, until tragedy strikes. An unknown character has been killed in a horrific disaster, and through police interviews and chapters told ...more
When Darren and Jodie move into a house on a previously united and peaceful road and promptly start a building project, a car sales lot and play their music at high levels pretty much 24 hours a day, their neighbours despair. But underneath the ...more
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Hello! I'm the author of fourteen novels, including my brand-new release THE OTHER PASSENGER, a dark thriller about envy and deception set on the Thames river buses.
OUR HOUSE, a #1 bestseller in paperback, ebook and audio and won the British Book Awards 2019 Book of the Year - Crime & Thriller and is in development for a major TV series.
THOSE PEOPL ...more