The House by Simon Lelic

Normally I choose a book because I like the cover or the blurb, or it’s by an author I already like. I read books that my friend lends me or that I’ve heard a lot of buzz about. Just occasionally, I read a review and I decide to read a book entirely based on that. I read a review of The House and also Arrowood (which I’m reviewing next week) in Heat a few months ago. I’m a regular Heat reader and trust them completely for TV and film reviews, so logically I should trust them for book reviews too. The reviews of The House and Arrowood were right up my street, to the point that I ripped them out of the magazine, so I wouldn’t forget to buy them.

The House is the story of a young couple, Jack and Syd. They can’t believe their luck when they manage to buy a spacious house in London that they thought they couldn’t afford, but apparently the owner specifically wanted it to go to a young couple. But then Jack discovers something unusual in the loft, which he chooses to ignore, and doesn’t even tell Syd about.

Then someone gets murdered outside their back door and the police are breathing down their necks. What was in the loft? Do Jack and Syd have more to hide than they’re letting on?

The story is told entirely through Syd and Jack’s own written accounts. They see things and remember things from a slightly different perspective and sometimes disagree in their own accounts with something the other has written. It’s not clear for a long time why the book is written in this way, but it eventually makes sense.

This is a gripping and creepy psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns along the way and I was desperate to piece it all together. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, I would definitely recommend The House.

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  1. I love psychological thrillers, and my house proves that (I have piles of thrillers everywhere). This book sounds riveting.

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    • I only got into psychological thrillers a couple of years ago, but I absolutely love them. My house will definitely be like yours soon!

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  2. I’m not a huge fan of psychological thrillers but I really like the sound of this one. I’m intrigued to know what Jack finds in the loft!

    #ReadWithMe

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    • I was too when I read the blurb! And then it didn’t even tell the reader immediately when it happened! I do love a psychological thriller and am sure I read far too many of them.

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  3. Ooooo I’ve not heard of this one but you’ve got me intrigued!! Adding to my tbr list #readwithme

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! It is certainly intriguing.

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    • I’d never heard of him either, not sure if it was his first novel, but definitely worth a read!

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  4. This one sounds very intriguing and hence tempting to read. Not only that I like how accounts differ because in my legal training we discovered just how often they do in real cases. My late Dad was a police officer and he often told the tale of a policeman who was a really good bloke with no blemishes on his character or hint of corruption. He gave an alibi to a man who was up on a murder charge convinced that he saw him somewhere else whilst out on the beat at the time the murder was done. The man was tried and found guilty and hung. I often wonder what the real truth was. #ReadWithMe

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    • Wow, that is a very interesting story! I’m intrigued now too.
      I guess we all see things in a slightly different way and some people will pick up on details that others miss, so they’re all telling their own version of the truth.

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  5. This sounds perfect for me. I’ve added it to my list of books to buy 🙂

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    • Thanks, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

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  6. This sounds like a really gripping read, adding to my to read list! #readwithme

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    • It definitely is gripping! Hope you enjoy it.

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