Those People

Berkley. Jun. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780451489142. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451489159. THRILLER
Lowland Way is the perfect street in a perfect South London neighborhood. The homes are spotless, the lawns immaculate, and the neighbors get along. So much so that they have “Play Out Sundays,” in which they close the street so the kids can have some fun. All this perfection ends when Darren moves in and immediately starts rehabbing his house. If the construction noise wasn’t enough, Darren plays loud metal music at all hours and is possibly running an illegal car dealership. Worst of all, Darren refuses to respect Play Out Sundays. When attempts to reason with him fail, the neighbors turn to the council and the police. When these efforts come to naught, the community takes matters into its own hands. With callbacks to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Candlish’s thriller examines suburban perfection and what happens when someone questions and disturbs this ideal.
VERDICT While no character can be described as likable, readers will be able to identify with their struggle and increasing desperation. As in her previous title, Our House, Candlish adds some last-minute twists to produce a solid domestic thriller.

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