Those People

Those People

From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of twisty domestic suspense asks, "Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?" 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...

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Author:Louise Candlish
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Those People Reviews

  • Holly  B

    When Darren and Jodie move in....all hell breaks lose.

    f 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

    When Darren and Jodie move in....all hell breaks lose.

    f 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 super curious to find out more. The pace is steady, but the need to find out more made this one a page turner for me. I was entertained and thanking my lucky stars for normal neighbors!

    I had fun guessing throughout, wondering how far some people would go, and surprised by some shockers more than once.

    Sign me up for Candlish's next novel please. Fans of this author and her unique style will enjoy this one.

    Thanks to Berkley for my review copy.

    Pub. date on June 11, 2019.

     

     

  • megs_bookrack

    I announce it here and now:

    I

    from Louise Candlish!

    She has such a knack for examining the dark side of an otherwise mundane domestic landscape.

    Additionally, I am really into how she formats her stories, the use of mixed media, such as police interviews, newspaper articles, texts and/or 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, this one seems

    I announce it here and now:

    I

    from Louise Candlish!

    She has such a knack for examining the dark side of an otherwise mundane domestic landscape.

    Additionally, I am really into how she formats her stories, the use of mixed media, such as police interviews, newspaper articles, texts and/or 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, this one seems the perfect place to be and raise a family.

    Everyone gets along so smoothly, they have even organized '

    ', where the street literally gets blocked off to cars and the kids just play in the street all day while the parents relax and socialize.

    Everyone cooperates. Everyone participates. It's perfect.

    That is until Darren and Jodie move into #1 after Darren inherits the property. They bring with them loud music, inappropriate language, a dodgy renovation project, not to mention many cars that he actively works on and sells from his driveway.

    The icing on the cake being that they refuse to follow the rules of

    and continue driving cars on the street!!!

    As you can imagine, neighbors are not impressed. In fact, their presence causes so much stress that several people discuss selling and moving on.

    Long-term owners on the street refuse to be cowed by the newcomers however and the plotting and diabolical scheming begins.

    Y'all, these neighbors are savage!

    They take their domestic peace VERY SERIOUSLY!!!

    I can't say I blame them but, damn, the stuff they come up with!

    I had a really great time reading this. As with

    , you know from the very beginning that a crime has occurred but you aren't quite sure who the victim is.

    Overtime, through interviews and the perspectives of multiple characters the true story gets revealed. This style, for me, makes the plot move along very quickly and I love starting a new chapter in order to see someone else's POV.

    At this point, I am a fangirl for Candlish and will definitely continue to pick up any domestic drama she puts out! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I truly appreciate it!

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    3.5 Stars

    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

    3.5 Stars

    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 reacting to each other's behaviour.

    The end came together so well in such a satisfying way for me. I highly recommend for a fun and entertaining read.

    Norma and I read Those People with a few members of the Traveling Sisters Goodreads Group and it lead to quite the entertaining discussion and we talked about these people and shared stories about our neighborhoods from different parts of the world and I think we all can relate to Those People in some way.

    Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for our complimentary copies.

    For our blog

  • Norma * Traveling Sister * Will be back early December * On hiatus due to health reasons

    Menacing, topsy-turvy, & brassy!

    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

    Menacing, topsy-turvy, & brassy!

    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 either be entertained by or maybe a little disgusted with. I chose to be entertained by them and couldn’t get enough of their idiosyncrasies.

    The mystery unfolds slowly from alternating perspectives as we meet the neighbors. There is quite a huge cast of characters to keep track of which I did find a little bit confusing in keeping them all straight and who belonged to whom.

    I didn’t really think there were any real surprises here but I did really enjoy the way this story was formatted. Which definitely set a menacing and sinister tone here for a fun and entertaining read.

    3.5 Stars!

    * This was a Traveling Sisters Read and this book produced quite the awesome discussion! *

    Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and to Louise Candlish for gifting me a copy of this book.

    Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Kaceey

    One downside of home ownership is the sadness of watching a beloved neighbor pack up and move on. Another is the accompanying anxiety of

    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

    One downside of home ownership is the sadness of watching a beloved neighbor pack up and move on. Another is the accompanying anxiety of

    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 hours, questionable home renovations and full-blown general nastiness!

    When there’s a death at this new neighbor’s home it soon becomes an all-out whodunit! With every neighbor having their own questionable behavior.

    This was an interesting, fun premise. I always love reading about these “neighborhood” books! They play on my own fears of what goes on down the street from me.

    Unfortunately, the execution of the story just missed the mark for me. Just didn't grab me as much as I would have liked.

    A buddy read with Susanne🌸

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing Group and Louise Candlish for an ARC to read and review.

  • Debra

    Neighbors...Aren't they the worst? Imagine living next to "Those People” You know the ones who break down walls, don't follow the rules, park where they want, play loud music, etc. They suck, right? But what about the neighbors who think it is their job to police the neighborhood and make it their mission to make their unruly neighbors fall in line.

    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

    Neighbors...Aren't they the worst? Imagine living next to "Those People” You know the ones who break down walls, don't follow the rules, park where they want, play loud music, etc. They suck, right? But what about the neighbors who think it is their job to police the neighborhood and make it their mission to make their unruly neighbors fall in line.

    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 really failed here. I think most readers can relate to one time or another of having a neighbor or neighbors who was annoying or obnoxious in some way. In this book, readers are presented with their characters perspectives and their versions of what occurred - but are they being truthful. Try finding a likable character, I dare you! You may find one or two, but in the end, even they might let you down.

    Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed, Our House, said that, I do believe this is a great book for book clubs. There is a lot to discuss in this book and whether one enjoys this book or not, there is a lot to discuss and stories of bad neighbors to share.

    This was a Traveling Sisters Group read.

    I received a copy of this book from Berkley Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Kylie D

    Lowland Way is a quiet, community minded street in South London. Until the Booth's move into number 1 that is. Playing loud music at all hours, noisy household renovations, not to mention the illegal car dealing business they are running from the house, taking up all the resident's parking spaces, the Booths are definitely not welcome in Lowland Way.

    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

    Lowland Way is a quiet, community minded street in South London. Until the Booth's move into number 1 that is. Playing loud music at all hours, noisy household renovations, not to mention the illegal car dealing business they are running from the house, taking up all the resident's parking spaces, the Booths are definitely not welcome in Lowland Way.

    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 pile of rubble, bringing the housing prices down. The neighbours unite against the Booths. Then a tragedy happens...

    I did enjoy his psychological thriller, reading it in a day. It's full of unlikeable characters, both the Booths and the neighbours, though I'm sure that's intended. The conclusion was somewhat satisfying, but honestly I doubt I'll remember this book in a months time.

    My thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review. the opinions are entirely my own.

  • Deanna

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    3.5 Stars

    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.

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    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. Also had people that lived next door who “wrestled” loudly every night.

    On to the book...

    Lowland Way is a place with beautiful homes and friendly people. They even have “

    where everyone moves their cars so the children can play outside freely and safely.

    The book opens as police are interviewing everyone because of a recent death in the neighborhood.

    live right next door to Ralph’s brother

    . They’ve lived side by side on Lowland Way for the last twelve years. Naomi works and Tess is a stay at home mother. Therefore, Tess often helps out with the children, family pets, etc. Everyone is happy with this situation. Or are they?

    House number one on has been empty since the owner passed away a year ago. But it’s not empty anymore. The new residents,

    are not very friendly, far from it. Darren is blunt and sarcastic and Jodie isn’t much better.

    Right from the start the Booth’s loud renovations, blaring music, and numerous cars parked all over the place cause problems for the rest of their neighbors.

    The Booth’s house is attached to

    house. Their shared wall almost constantly vibrates from either drilling and/or loud rock music. The noise keeps their baby and everyone else up until all hours.

    lives in number two. She lives alone but runs a lovely bed and breakfast. Sissy’s B&B got great ratings…until the Booth’s moved in.

    The Booth’s have destroyed the comfortable way of life on Lowland Way. Everyone is at each other’s throats. Something has to give.

    In the midst of all the craziness, someone dies. Was it an accident or the result of foul play?

    I really enjoyed Louise Candlish’s previous novel, “Our House”. While I thought the plot for this novel was intriguing, I found it a bit over the top at times. I usually enjoy multiple points of view

    but it took me a while to get everyone straight.

    While this novel didn’t grip me as much as “Our House” did, I still thought it was a decent read with a kicker of an ending that I didn’t see coming.

    I look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next.

    I'd like to thank Berkley Books for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Felicia

    The development of the plot of this book unfolds at the breakneck pace of O.J.'s Bronco chase on the LA 405 freeway, only it's not nearly as entertaining.

    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...

    page 113

    ...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

    The development of the plot of this book unfolds at the breakneck pace of O.J.'s Bronco chase on the LA 405 freeway, only it's not nearly as entertaining.

    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...

    page 113

    ...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 that comes to mind for this story is LABORIOUS with a capital L for "LAWD LET THIS BOOK END ALREADY".

    I looooved the domestic cray cray of Our House by this author but this book was insipid domestic and about as cray as Cocoa Puffs.

    2 Stars ⭐⭐ because I thought the format was cleverly composed.

    *** I received an ARC from via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

  • j e w e l s

    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

    , except there were some elements of that plot I found interesting.

    Ugggghhh. I can't say I found this plot anything but DULL.

    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

    fan, then I'm

    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

    , except there were some elements of that plot I found interesting.

    Ugggghhh. I can't say I found this plot anything but DULL.

    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

    fan, then I'm sure you will enjoy this one. Her writing style is just not my cup of English tea.

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