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17 Church Row

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  85 reviews
For fans of J. P. Delaney's The Girl Before comes a thriller that makes us question our relationship with technology and the lengths we would go to, to keep our family safe.

Three years ago, Ethan and Nikki Rhodes suffered a devastating loss. Their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed when she ran from their garden into the path of a car. Ethan, a radio
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Published November 28th 2019 by Zaffre
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Dash fan
4 A gripping & Compulsive Thriller, Where Technology is at the Heart of the Story

17 CHURCH ROW is a Thriller Mystery with a difference. I haven't read anything quiet like this before and I really enjoyed the use of Virtual Assistant making it current and fresh, especially with gadgets like Alexa running your home already!

Ethan and Nikki have just purchased a brand new home on Church Row. But this isn't just any old house, it's run by a virtual assistant called Alice. The technology is state
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow....just wow and wow again. Omg,this is a absolutely amazing tale that is very relevant and scarily believable when you stop and consider how much of our daily lives are lived online. These days we can hardly do anything without having to go to some website or another,wether it's booking a doctor's appointment,online banking or frantically checking how many likes,shares and comments we have on social media. We are constantly upgrading our internet,enabling it to perform more and more daily ...more
Louise Wilson
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once they were a happy family of four until three years ago. Ethan and Nikki Rhodes four year old daughter, Grace ran out in front of a car. Grace was Bellas twin sister. Bella has ot spoken since that tragic day. They reluctantly decide it's time to leave the house they are currently living in and move into a very modern home, 17 Church Row. The house is full of modern technology and voice activated gadgets. The house has it's on AI, a personal assistant called Alice. We also get intermittent ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My heart went out Nikki, Ethan and Bella, they have suffered a huge loss and have made the hard decision to move house for a brand new start. The new house on 17 Church Row is state of the art. I could easily envision how stunning this house was with all clean lines and space it offers.

The system in the house is pretty revolutionary but something we are probably not that far off having. A system that answers to every beck and call. A house that has no door handles as it knows when to open and
Rachel Hall
Nov 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Weak and drawn out psycho thriller concerning the future of Artificial Intelligence with pacing issues.

I was intrigued by the premise of 17 Church Row and having read The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney I was fascinated to discover in which direction James Carol would take the idea of a state of the art house. Although it takes over half of the book for its intent to become clear, the crux of the story relates to the next generation in AI (artificial intelligence), with the focal point not a
Miriam Smith
3.5 stars.

I haven’t read any James Carol books before but I do own “Kiss Me, Kill Me” and I’m fully aware that he is a respected writer with several crime novels already under his belt. “17 Church Row” is a techno thriller like no other and it really does need to be read to be believed. Not so many moons ago, this story would have been classed as futuristic even science fiction. Scarily, now a lot of the story’s premise could be described as very realistic and utterly believable. What the
Lel Budge
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nikki and Ethan had twin girls, but after a tragic accident, little Grace died. Bella who saw the accident has been mute ever since. Nikki has anxiety and doesn’t really feel safe among the memories in their home, so Ethan thinks they should move home for a fresh start for them all.

They find a fantastic house with state of the art security and an AI system that really makes life easy. Bella loves the house and so they move in…..but someone is watching. Is Bella safe? Are any of them?

Oh my, this
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book had me gripped from the first page!
Immediately I felt for the characters after having lost one of their daughters in a tragic accident, and having to watch how much their other daughter was struggling with it.
The way it was written made the book super fast pace pretty much from the get go, with lots of short chapters, sometimes switching to different or unknown perspectives!
The general idea behind the story is not particularly new; ‘technology fights back’ etc., BUT I have
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A good start but I am afraid I soon lost interest. In places predictable, you just know that something bad is going to happen and it does. In other places the storyline went from predictable as I said to darn right unbelievable. I did persevere and finish it but it did not get any better. I am sure other readers will enjoy it more just not for me.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Three years ago, Ethan and Nikki Rhodes suffered a devastating loss. Their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed when she ran from their garden into the path of a car. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, while Nikki quits her job to care for their remaining child, Grace's twin sister, Bella, who hasn't spoken since that night.

Trying to give the family a fresh start, Ethan moves them to a revolutionary house designed by the world-famous architect, Catriona
Sophie Whitbread
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
*17 Church Row by James Carol REVIEW*

'Three years ago, Ethan and Nikki Rhodes suffered a devastating loss. Their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed when she ran from their garden into the path of a car. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, while Nikki quits her job to care for their remaining child, Grace's twin sister, Bella, who hasn't spoken since that night.

Trying to give the family a fresh start, Ethan moves them to a revolutionary house designed by the
Melanie’s reads
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know you’re on to a winner when you are shouting about a book in group message before you have even finished it. Well I have finished it and I’m now going to really shout about it. THIS IS BRILLIANT!

This threw me a real curveball as it’s not the standard thriller I was expecting. It’s techy, with AI sci fi thrown in too. But don’t let that scare you as even this complete technophobe understood it.

This book is mostly about what is left of the Rhodes family as they try and pick up the pieces
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really well crafted storyline that has lots of twists to keep you on your toes with good characters and a plot that is something a bit different. The premise of the story is a house with an artificial intelligence system that seems to be just too good to be true and as the book progresses and the plot thickens it’s not hard to imagine just what can happen when things go wrong and everything goes crazy. It’s definitely a book that grabs you and all in all I enjoyed it a lot, I guess my ...more
Angie F
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If someone had described the plot of this book to me I wouldn't have been interested but I assumed that because it was written by James Carol it was another of his great crime novels. Having said that, once I started reading I could not put it down. It was so fast paced I raced through it to get to the end and I wasn't disappointed. The epilogue just left me reeling, what a fantastic story. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Joanne Robertson
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is actually the second book that I’ve read this year that has a thriller built around an Alexa type virtual assistant and it’s a very topical and thought provoking storyline that proves very intriguing. In this case the AI was called Alice and it completely ran the household at 17 Church Row. You want pizza? Ask Alice to order some in. You want doors to open? Ask Alice! In fact, pretty soon Alice became able to do things even before she was asked which sounds great doesn’t it? But for Ethan ...more
Nicola Smith
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good grief, remind me never to buy a house with built in AI!

That's what Nikki and Ethan do, with their seven year old daughter, Bella. They're trying to recover from the nightmare of losing Bella's twin, Grace, in an accident a couple of years earlier and moving house is one way of trying to deal with that. From a common or garden home they move to 17 Church Row, a house where the doors have no handles, everything is automated and most importantly there's Katy. Katy is probably the most
Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster
Many people are scared about artificial intelligence and where it is taking us, is Alexa really listening in to what we talk about? Does Facebook read our messages and send us adverts for things based on what we’ve talked about with our friends?

It is scary when you think about it, I use Google Maps on my phone so it knows where I go and how long I stay there, let alone all the Google searches I do. Amazon knows and awful lot, I have Alexa and she is regularly used in my house, but what would
Misfits farm
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

If you enjoy thinking about the future and what might be- sit down and enjoy the ride- but hold on! Nikki and Ethan have just moved into their new house 17 Church Row with their daughter. She was one of twins but unfortunately her sister Grace died when they got out of the door. since that time Bella hasn;t spoken a word and only speaks through her electronic pad. 17 Church row has Alice an artificial intelligence system (think a super version of Alexa) which controls everything from power on
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Nikki and Ethan Rhodes are grieving the loss of their four year old daughter, Grace, who was tragically killed in a car accident two years prior to the beginning of the story. In an attempt to put the past behind them and start the process of moving on, the couple and their six year old daughter, Bella, Grace's twin, decide to start over in a new home. But 17 Church Row isn't just any home. It's a state of the art modern house run by a Virtual Assistant, Alice; and Alice, it is promised, will ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book looking at the modern age of technology not just from now, but the possibilities in the future or not. We enjoy so many more computerised devices now compared to just 30 years ago, things have moved on fast. We have machines that we can ask to switch the television on, or play a certain track of music. We see an actor or celebrity on the television, and know we have seen them in something else but can’t remember, so out comes a phone or iPad, and we search that person, finding out ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A pretty interesting premise here: after the death of one of their twin daughters, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes decide to acquire a new revolutionary house, entirely automated and equipped with a virtual assistant named Alice. All this hoping for a new start, for a place where they won’t see memories of their dead daughter everywhere, and for their remaining child, Bella, to finally speak again.

The house itself, I admit, was both
The Reads
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many Thanks to Tracy @ Compulsive Readers and the publisher for my spot on the blog tour and a copy of the book. My review is honest and unbiased.

Wow…this novel blew my tiny mind. The thriller genre is my favourite and sometimes they can get a little bit samey, but this renewed my love for the genre tenfold! The topic was scarily relevant to the times we now find ourselves living in and makes you think about just how easy it is to put things out there on the internet. It made me think and
Juliet Bookliterati
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
17 Church Row is a fast paced and tense thriller that grabbed my attention from the first page. Nikki and Ethan decide to move house two years after loosing one of her twin daughters, Grace in an accident when she was four. Bella is now six, she has never spoken since the accident and speaks via her tablet. With a new home they hope for a new start and a chance for Bella to heal. 17 Church Row is a new project with Artificial Intelligence that will meet their every need and offer the security ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

On the face of things this book starts out as a fairly standard psychological thriller. Once close family shattered by a terrible event in the past and they are now trying to pull the threads together and start again. Because this is a wealthy family they decide to move to a state of the art home whose main selling point seems to be a Koi fish pond right outside a bedroom and a fully integrated "smart speaker" system (think Alexa on steroids).

The problems for me start with the family
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.
And this book is why I won't let Alexa control even a lightbulb, let alone Hive control my heating. Call me a Luddite, I call me sensible. No way would I put my life in the hands of AI.
Three years ago, parents Nikki & Ethan, and 4yo Bella suffered tragedy when Bella's twin Grace was killed in an accident. They all react differently in the time that follows. Ethan throw himself into his radio work. Nikki quits her job to concentrate on Bella, and Bella goes mute, talking
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A family recovering from the tragic loss of one of their children moves into an ultra-hi-tech house for a fresh start. Nikki and Ethan hope that their new home will help them heal and that maybe their daughter Bella, who has not said a word since the accident that killed her twin sister, will start talking again.

Their new best friend 'Alice', the digital minder in their new home, can anticipate their every need and although there are a few glitches, it seems like things may be about to get
Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a novel that looks at where we are going with technology in a way with futuristic things that may or may not come true over the next few years. Like we currently have plugs and gadgets where we ask for the television to be switched on, or play a certain track of music. We see an actor or celebrity on the television and can’t remember what else we’ve seen them in, so pick up a phone or iPad and look them up. Constantly looking on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram. But this story takes it one ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Futuristic... or Current?

17 Church Row is just a house. A house with a very advanced internal AI, Alice, who takes care of everything.
When Nikki moves in along with her husband Ethan and their 7 year old daughter Bella, she is excited for a change of scenery, but uncertain about the sleek, modern, smart house. This may be the catalyst for healing and moving into a new phase of life, or it may be just another step towards desolation and depression.

This book had me excited from the get go. I am
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, I found this book amazing. From the start I was hooked, the sadness of the loss of a child, the excitement and apprehension about the move to a new house. My interest was sparked with the technology the new house, especially Alice, brought to each of their lives. Everything seemed perfect. The characters are believable and likeable. The plot twists and the interjectory chapters from Katie's perspective were enough to keep my imagination fuelled. Right up until the moment the ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
After Nikki, Ethan and Bella move into their new dream home at 17 Church Row, they get far more than they bargained for with their high tech virtual assistant, Alice. Imagine if Alexa could think for herself, and started to control your life… Then bad things start to happen to people as Nikki battles with her past. There’s a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, and the plot is full of hooks and suspense. Overall I found this book a highly entertaining read, and had to finish it to
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James Carol was born in Scotland in 1969, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the eighties and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

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