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17 Church Row

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  170 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 person
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Published November 28th 2019 by Zaffre
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Oh my word. Why didn’t I get to this book sooner.

I decided I’d listen to this on audio as I saw it ready to download that day no reserve on it.

I started to listen to it while I was driving somewhere. Then a bit more when preparing our meal and cooking it. I got so caught up in it’s tight plot.

17 Church Row was supposed to have a high security on it. And it did. But what if something was already inside when you’d moved in?

There’s family anguish within the
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 of
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 ta ...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 c ...more
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 standar
Bruce Hatton
In an attempt to get over the death of Grace, one of their twin daughters, and to help their surviving daughter, Bella, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes move to a new home designed by architect, Catriona Fisher. The running of the entire house is controlled by a talking computer called Alice.
At first I feared it was going to be a re-run of HAL9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey” or Proteus IV in “Demon Seed” and, for a while it seemed that way with various unexplained malfunctions and accidents. There are als
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 cl
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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 futur
With liking 17 Church Row front cover and the blurb, very much I needed to read it.

The story started off really exciting with a brand new house, that has everything. Ethan and Nikki Rhodes and their daughter Bella were starting a fresh start in a new house in Church Row.

Nikki and Ethan, daughter Grace was killed in a road accident, this is what made them start a fresh in house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher.

But as Nikki and Ethan lost Grace every time Bella disappears Nikki f
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story follows Rhodes family, Ethan and Nikki along with their twin daughters are quite content in their lives until one fateful day a tragic accident leaves a hole in their happy lives. Even though three years have pass since the tragedy, the pain is still as fresh and hurtful as it was the moment that they lost a part of their soul.

To put it all behind, they move into a new, high-tech house. Something about this house was odd, apart from no handles on the doors to being fully automated and
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 a
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book is amazing!
The book starts out with Nikki and Ethan who are buying a new house to move forwards from a tragic accident in which they lost one of their twin daughter's. They buy a modern luxury house with AI intelligence but as soon as they move in they begin to realise the house isnt what it seems and a whole kind of crazy events unfold like dominoes.
I loved how A
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
Beth Alessandra
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Wow, this book was brilliant! Drew me in from the start with a creepy feeling that things were not going to go well.
A fast paced thriller that lived up to the hype.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received a free eARC of 17 Church Row but that has in no way influenced my review.

I am a huge fan of James Carol’s writing. If Mr Carol writes it, you can guarantee I’ll be reading it as soon as humanly possible. His Jefferson Winter series is absolutely sublime and his standalone novels (of which 17 Church Row is one) are all thrilling, captivating reads. If you’ve never picked up a James Carol novel then you’re really, REALLY missing
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 ph
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.
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles
Your home is your safe place. It is the place holding your memories, big and small. Your laughs, your tears, and your sick days have left an echo. A roof makes a house, people make a home.

Tragedy struck the Rhodes’ family, sweeping away one of their twin daughters. Her ghost now inhabits their family home, for better or for worse. How can you move on when every corner you check reminds you of who you’ve lost? But… Is a parent allowed to move on from such a thing? This string plays throughout the
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 neve
S’s Reading World
Rarely do you find a book where you are thinking g 5 stars then it jumps the shark in such a disappointing way ...

That’s this book for me. Often we love plot twists, but this one was a boring turn of events and without spoiling the book, I did not care enough. I finished the book, but do not recommend.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating! As much as love messing around on my laptop or browsing videos on my tablet, I can't help but be wary of the technology behind them. Like how hackers just simply hijack the webcam if they wish. My Alexa also creeps me out a little bit, and compared to the AI in Church Row 17, it's a Neanderthal, as the designer in the book aptly pointed it out.

This story played on all of my fears regarding AI tech very efficiently.

This biok would make a great Black Mirror episode.
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 sophisti
Liz Mistry
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love James Carol's books, particularly his Jefferson Winters' ones, and I wasn't sure what to expect with 17 Church Row as it seemed, from the blurb, to be very different from his previous books. What enticed me to try it, apart from my respect for his writing, was the creepiness of the concept of the book. The idea that when you feel safest, you might actually be most at risk.
The very idea of losing a child is horrifying enough, but having to cope with the guilt and the ongoing traunma suffe
Mad alexa type computer takes over the running of a house , and the people who live in it.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
An ill-thought through thriller.
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 Fish
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 world-f
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
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. ...more
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
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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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