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Those People

Written by: Louise Candlish
Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Could you hate your neighbour enough to plot to kill him?  

Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence. 

Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house to house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: Booth did it. But there’s a problem. The police don't agree with them.  

©2019 Louise Candlish (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner." (Guardian)

"Addictive, twisty and oh so terrifyingly possible." (Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You)

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Gripping!!

Fast paced and exciting twists throughout!! Couldnt stop listening to this book. Definitely recommend it.

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  • SandraL
  • 09-07-19

Neighbours from hell

Having read the brilliant Our House last year I was really looking forward to this new book by Louise Candlish. It deals with the subject we all dread – nightmare neighbours. The residents of Lowland Way live in a suburban paradise – a nice community minded area of London, with nice neighbours who all get on. Until Darren and his girlfriend Jodie move into the house on the corner. Then they all have to deal with his loud music day and night, his noisy home renovations, and the used car business he runs from his house. Until one day a horrific death shocks them all.

This is a slow burner, and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Our House, it is still a really interesting story, the writing is superb and I would urge everyone to stick with it. There’s quite a big cast of characters to get your head around, and to be honest I don’t think there’s a likeable one amongst them! I’m quite glad I don’t live on Lowland Way, even though some of the houses sound fabulous. In the end I even felt sorry for Darren and Jodie. The setting is painted so well and you can imagine the gorgeous houses, and then the eyesore on the corner with the sound of power tools throughout the day and loud rock music into the early morning.

I listened to the Audible version and the narrator was just right for the book and made it even more enjoyable.

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  • Rory
  • 25-08-19

OK but long winded

Started well and was set up well. But it was too samey. Lots of repeated phrases and storylines (well it felt like it). I didn't like the characters and felt the whole story dragged and was long winded.

I guessed the ending.

I had listened to Our House (which was brilliant) but this was not up to that standard. Really slow and just not gripping.

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  • Claire Zenkerova
  • 23-07-19

dull and pointless

Not sure why I struggled to the end. I guess I hoped something would happen and I'd find there was a point. Reading this was like listening to an annoying family member or friend moan on about something irrelevant and petty. Sorry but it left me anxious, drained and annoyed.

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  • jodiecurls
  • 28-02-20

Boring characters

I gave up with this book, something I don’t usually do but I was so bored and uninterested in the characters. I didn’t care enough about the characters to find out who the the murderer was.

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  • Jamie L
  • 18-02-20

Neighbours at war!

Intriguing.... An enigmatic, intriguing and real page turner. Simple story but one where you want to find out what happens next...

Read in just over a day. A tale of revenge - the privileged versus the every day labourer. Good characters and wholly realistic.

Would recommend and read another of hers. Brilliant.

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  • Mario Giallombardo
  • 10-02-20

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Really annoying narration and very basic story line. I waited to the end for a twist but it didn't come.

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  • Marital Bliss
  • 04-02-20

Slow Burner

Like others I found this story to be a little slow going. Perhaps it just wasn’t as pacy and plot driven as I was expecting. You can see the nightmare unfolding and people’s lives slowly coming apart but a lot of it just felt like waiting for something to happen. I didn’t feel any sympathy for the Booths. Prepare to cringe with recognition at the snobbery of some of the characters though

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  • Anna Haighton
  • 24-01-20

Addictive!

This was a treat to listen to- twists, turns, fantastic narration... the characters are so believable and the whole premise is so realistic it's scary!

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  • bookylady
  • 12-09-19

Absolutely addictive

I listened to this novel in three huge chunks. I had to tear myself away from it every time I needed to get on with other things.

Essentially, this is the story of how lives fall apart and communities change when new, seemingly antisocial, neighbours move into a settled community of like-minded people. But are the new neighbours really as bad as the somewhat snooty and opinionated residents make out, or are people being intolerant and unwelcoming? Could they resolve their problems peacefully through better communication or do they just want to drive out the new people?

When a tragic accident happens the residents think all of their problems have been answered. "Those people' will be blamed and the neighbourhood will return to normal. But the police have other ideas and neighbour is set against neighbour.

Absolutely brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent narration by Tuppence Middleton.

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  • Batsinthebelfry
  • 19-08-19

A hard slog

This book sounded as though it would be a great listen...I was wrong. I didn’t connect at all with any of the characters and they came across as odious snobs and a thoroughly unlikable lot. The story prodded on at a snails pace and to be honest it was a hard slog listening to it.