The House by Simon Lelic

The House

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?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.And now the police...

Details The House

TitleThe House
Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The House

  • Amalia Gavea
    ’This thing I’ve planned for so carefully: it has all gone drastically, horribly wrong.’’ Well, this proved to be a very difficult review for me to write. Not because I didn't like the book, obviously. I didn’t just ‘’like’’ it, I enjoyed it so much that I started composing bits and pieces of my review at around 50% mark. The ‘’problem’’ is that there are so many twists and turns and hidden secrets in the story that I wa...
  • Paromjit
    This is a wonderfully dark and twisted psychological thriller by Simon Lelic. It shifts and runs into unexpected places, different from the blurb given about the book. Jack has uncomfortable feelings about a London house that his girlfriend, Syd Baker, thinks is perfect for them. To their surprise, given they tendered a lower offer, the owner chooses them. When something is too good to be true, they should have been more wary, but they move in wi...
  • Maureen
    * 3.5 STARS*When Jack and Syd buy their first home together in London, they feel like they've hit the jackpot. It's a big rambling old house, and although it needs lots of work, they got a really good deal because the owner wanted a young couple to have it, and accepted their lower bid. But you know the saying " If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is" Well that's certainly the case here!Jack though, took an instant dislike to the ho...
  • Berit☀️✨
    4.5 Dark and Twisted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5This book was originally titled “The House“ I believe this is actually a more apt title...... this book is about Jack and Sid finding their dream house... a house really out of their price range.... yet unbelievably they get it..... at first they feel lucky although Jack is never quite sold on the house.... The house is also filled with all the possessions and furnishings of the previous owner... w...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    (3.5) I haven't been very lucky with thriller so far this year but I'm very happy to say this one was worth the read!The writing style won't be for everyone, it's very casual and mostly in the form of journal entries. However my main criteria for thrillers is to be surprise by at least some of the twist and.... I thought I knew what was what... I was wrong!If you're looking for a book you won't want to put down, I recommend it!Thank you NetGalley...
  • Melisa
    This is a domestic/psychological thriller, heavier on the domestic side which kind of threw me for a loop. I always love a dual perspective novel, and this one added another dimension - the first part of the story is told from journal entries and the conversational tone of the narrative was unique. This one just went in a different direction than I was expecting, and I think that because my expectations weren’t met, I was a bit thrown. It is di...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    A truly unique reading experience with some fantastic twists that had me up late finishing!!! See my full review on my blog!When I first started to read The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic, I honestly didn’t know what to make of it! Lelic uses a really interesting style with this book, where for about the first 2/3 the two main characters are writing back and forth journal entries trying to explain what happened and what led them to the first big ...
  • Miriam Smith
    It's impossible to start this book and not become addicted to it instantly. The way the book is written - Jack and his girlfriend Syd, write their side of the story as a journal in alternating chapters - just intrigues you so much you have to keep reading. What is it about the house that's so troublesome? What's that smell? Who is Elise? Admittedly I would have liked a little more 'goings on' with The House - since that's the title of the book - ...
  • Holly B
    2.5 starsI do believe my expectations were too high.The story begins with an intriguing scene that caught my interest right away, one of the characters declares “The thing I’ve planned so carefully has gone drastically, horribly wrong.” The beginning was great and I loved set up of how a new couple Jack and Syd were shopping for their first home in London. Syd falls instantly in love with the house, while Jack has his reservations. The hous...
  • Bentley ★
    Damn, this book was GOOD!Fun fact about me first: I've been dying to crack into the suspense/thriller genre again for a long time now, so when I came across this book on NetGalley I had to put in a request for it and was elated to find that I was approved. It shot up my TBR list just because it fit the bill for what I was craving perfectly, and boy am I glad it did because Simon Lelic's prose alone was enough to keep me totally invested in this s...
  • Carrie
    Jack and Syd are a young couple that have been house hunting for quite a while and slowly losing hope that they will ever find something perfect for them. Jack isn't quite as excited over the latest showing that comes full of the previous owners cast offs but Syd is immediately taken with the property. When they agreed to put in an offer neither really thought it would accepted but now they find themselves moving into their new home. After moving...
  • Louise Wilson
    Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. Their dream home with tons of space, in the perfect location and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. But they find something grisly in the attic and they have chosen to ignore it. But now someone has been murdered outside their back donor.The book is written in an exchange form by Jack and Syd and tells us about their background before they met, and their lives together now. There i...
  • Paul O'Neill
    But that was a mistake. Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back doorUtterly riveting, cunningly written and bursting full of character. The book follows Jack and Syd as they buy their first house, which is a strange deal and include all of the previous owners stuff. The story follows Jack and Syd as something terrible happens and a body is found just outside their house. Above all, this story was about family. It made me ...
  • Gary
    This is the first book I have read by author Simon Lelic but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking out for more of his work to read.When Londoners Jack and Syd move into their new house it seems like they have found their dream house, it has lots of space and situated in a perfect location and the friendly owner wanted the young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. This book ...
  • Dannii Elle
    You can find my full review of this book and many others at United by Pop.London is an ordeal for any young couple making the daunting first leap on to the property ladder. All the desirable future homes are unobtainable and, well, all the obtainable ones are undesirable. That's why it seemed too good to be true when late-twenties couple, Sydney and Jack, beat all the other prospective buyers for their dream home. But when it seems too good to be...
  • Book of Secrets
    4.5 Stars → THE NEW NEIGHBORS is a dark and creepy thriller-ish novel about a couple whose "dream" home is anything but. The book ended up being so much more than what the blurb hinted at. It was deeper, more emotional, and more distressing! Told in a dual narrative, the story alternates between Jack and Syd, the new owners of this perfect London house that they seem to have come by too easily. Much of their narrative is told in journal form, w...
  • Zuky the BookBum
    I had heard some good things about this book so before I started it, I already had a reasonably high expectation of it. I went into it enjoying it, but that gradually went down and down and down. What I’m saying is, I didn’t love, or even really like this.Mainly, it was the characters that ruined it this for me. Syd I didn’t like from the get-go. I thought she was selfish and always so hypocritical. She was allowed to act one way, but as so...
  • Nicki
    Although this riveting story is titled The House it does not in any way resemble The Girl Before nor is there any supernatural elements to the story.Yes the house is pivotal to the plot but this is a gripping human character based story that had me hooked from the first page and I honestly enjoyed reading a lot more than the afore mentioned book.Syd and Jack have just moved into their forever home and are still struggling to get over the shock th...
  • Lisa
    This is a debut novel by a very new talent Simon Lelic it is dark & twisted & takes a different turn from the beginning, I loved every minute & was a page turner no matter what I was doing I just had to get back to it ASAP, it was just one of those reads that you just wanted to know more about where the premise was going.Syd Baker & Jack Walsh bought an apartment in London, Jack wasn't that comfortable with it as he felt a creepiness about it but...
  • Pauline
    The House by Simon Lelic is a psychological thriller about abuse, lies and murder. I found this book hard to follow in parts as it was written as diary entries from two different people. The story had many twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • sue
    Link to my blog time someone asked me if I was enjoying the book I either said "Not much" or "Not really". Mostly they were avid reader friends like myself who already were part way through the book. I love keeping folk guessing, sometime it makes them relook at the book or if they haven't read it, they go find out more about it. OK I'm a tease!!At the beginning of the book though, I was getting into it f...
  • Laura
    real bargains are few and far between. It’s just a question of how and when you’re made to pay. It appears I'm in the minority with this one, which I find surprising. The synopsis is misleading making my expectations entirely different from what this novel actually was. I expected a dark, sinister mystery that would freak me out because I just became a homeowner myself. I thought the couple (Jack & Syd) would move in and a body would be right...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Brilliant. Brilliant. This is how I like my psychological thrillers. Clever, twisted and unexpected.Long wait for this one but seriously I had to read it now - fuller review nearer publication.
  • Dennis
    The New Neighbors is a deeply-rooted dark and devious thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Jack and Sydney (Syd) are a modern couple in London looking to buy a house after saving everything they could in order to fulfill their dreams together. The duo attend an open house with their realtor, Evan, and immediately fall in love with this particular property. The house has more than enough space, is in a great area in London, and is ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Moving into a house they never thought they would get.Moving into a house with all the previous owner's things left inside.Moving into a house and finding things that should not be there and hearing things.Syd and Jack were excited to move into the house they actually got for a bargain, but things they didn't bargain for happened.The neighbors were a bit odd as well.THE NEW NEIGHBORS was difficult to connect with for me because of the writing sty...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    I have a bad habit of not reading the synopsis of a book again before starting it. I'll read it once, request or buy the book, then it'll sit on my shelf for a bit. I don't read it again because I figure if I have it, it's something that I wanted. Quite frankly, it's fun to go in blind at times - like reading roulette! When I first started reading this, I was instantly hooked and was thinking, "ooOooOo, this seems like a really cool and eerie gho...
  • Karen
    The marketing for this book was very intriguing. First in the post arrived a key, with a code to a website link which when unlocked, then showed details of the book. Genius!The proof cover doesn’t give anything away so when I started reading I went in blind – and was very quickly hooked. The story is told by both Jack and Syd in turn, each recounting events and their thoughts as journal entries. Sometimes this format can be difficult to conne...
  • Susan
    Jack and Sydney are a young couple, hoping to be able to afford a house in London. They attend the Open Day of what appears to be their dream house. The estate agent tells them the owner has gone to Australia and left the house, furnished. They put in an offer and, to their surprise, find it has been accepted. However, before long, Jack especially, begins to feel uncomfortable. There is an uncomfortable atmosphere, then an odd discovery in the at...
  • Rachel Hall
    The House is my first read of author, Simon Lelic, and proved a disappointing experience and a book that I had to persevere with, so embarrassingly contrived was the behaviour of the lead characters and how utterly nonsensical some of the decisions they made were. Thankfully the final third of the book progressed and The House ended on an more impressive note, albeit a little too late. On the basis of the sketchy premise, The House, appears to be...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Less a thriller, more a fascinating exploration into the long, lingering impact of abuse.I've got to admit, it was the front cover that pulled me in. A sinister glimpse of a staircase, the menace of that title - how could I not request this book? Likewise, the description sounded fabulously sinister; strange things afoot in a new house, a murder, plenty of intrigue......