Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.
The House is a new and suspenseful psychological thriller written by Simon Lelic. First things first: I thought the blurb was excellent, as it didn’t give anything away. I started the book knowing nothing about the plot and after a few chapters, it was clear that my initial idea wasn’t correct at all. This wasn’t what I thought it would be… and I’m glad!
My favorite aspect of The House was Simon Lelic’s writing. It was written in a “journal” style that made it easy for me to get into the story and feel what the characters had experienced. The book is told from Syd and Jack’s point of view. They were so different that at times I wondered if they would survive as a couple, but they also cared about each other a lot. But the lies. Oh, the lies…
The House was a gripping and easy-to-read thriller that grabbed me from the very first paragraph. It’s a creepy novel and it certainly involves some dark topics, but it’s not horror, don’t worry. Although I must say that there was a scene involving a cold hand that made me shiver. I would’ve never slept in that house again! I love it when houses become another character in the story.
The book reminded me a bit of Peter Swanson’s Her Every Fear and that’s a good sign since I really enjoyed that one as well. In addition, The House didn’t rely on a shocking twist, although there were plenty of surprises once you get to the 50% mark. It’s a consistently intriguing story and it features a difficult but fascinating character (Syd).
All in all, this is an enjoyable psychological thriller that is well-written and full of tension, although it doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre.
ARC, Penguin UK, 2017