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 UK
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The House

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 - ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Sue1958
    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...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • Kirsty White
    This is a gripping story from start to finish. I really enjoyed it. It starts at a frenetic pace and doesn't let up til the end. The story is alternated by the 2 main characters: Jack & Syd as they move into a dream home, befriend a local girl who is being abused by her father which brings back bad memories for Syd, who has also suffered this way.Confronting him though only brings about shocking results including the bad guys death. So who killed...
  • Warrengent
    Brilliant novel with a fantastic but intriguing situation that they find themselves in. My wife recently wanted to move house and I point blank refused a awesome novel highly recommend it
  • 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...
  • Laura
    More book reviews on The House is the kind of thriller I love - complex, a little bit creepy and peppered with twists and surprise to keep the reader guessing!It's told in a fairly unique way - at first it seems like the two narrators, couple Jack and Syd, are writing letters or diary-style entries to each other and communicating that way, so we learn a lot about their thoughts, feelings and things they may have kept from each...
  • Jessica Gonzatto
    Read it thanks to NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I reviewed it on my blog: read this book in one day. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites, but it was certainly very good and interesting. The unusual way it is written (I can't describe it better than a past double first-person testimony until the middle and then afterwards a present double first-person. Confusing.) could have gone totally...
  • BookwormCatLady
    I was a sucker for the cover on this book and I really liked the writing style in that it skipped from past to present day with diary excerpts.It's a slow burner, then picks up the pace which turns into so many threads you struggle to keep up. For some readers this is a positive aspect but for me it got irritating and confusing.For people I recommend this to I will make a point of emphasising that the synopsis and title is quite misleading and th...
  • Kat
    This is my first book by Simon Lelic; I enjoyed his writing and the format of the book with alternating chapters between the two main characters. I thought I knew where the story was heading, and for some parts I was bit underwhelmed but when it came to the surprising parts I was gripped and couldn’t turn the kindle fast enough. I look forward to more from Simon and I hope it’s the same format as this one as it was easier to follow. This book...
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  • Ana
    1970-01-01 House had quite a peculiar narrative style. Jack and Sydney, our main characters, are also our narrators. They write the story as a way of coping with the grisly events they have faced as well as figure out what to do next. It is almost a form of couple therapy too, since they end up writing as much to each other as to the one they want to read the manuscript. The narrative evolves at first as you would...
  • Tracy Shephard
    It was the cover that attracted me to this novel.Jack and Syd were chosen to purchase their first house after attending an open viewing, the owner requested that a young couple buy the house and inherit all the belongings left inside.Syd is an 'ex' junkie however at the smallest chaos can easily turn to her help of choice and Jack being very laid back is quite the opposite.After moving in Jack notices a smell and discovers something in the attic....
  • Lisa-Marie Forge
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3.5 stars, but will round up to 4. I can see from other reviews that I'm in a minority to have not LOVED this book. I mean I liked it, but love is a strong word.The House isn't a 'horror', although the title and cover suggest it is. But the House is central to the plot. Jack and Syd have just bought their first home, when they get wrapped up in a story of murde...
  • Shawna P.
    I see I am against the majority on this one. I had such high hopes for this. Syd and Jack luck into a house, but soon things begin to happen that are unsettling for the couple. Throw in a young neighbor girl with a secret, and this could make for a creepy book. There were maybe two points in the book that invoked the creepy atmosphere I was hoping for....but that's about it. This book was written like a diary Syd and Jake. At first it was very ha...
  • Rachel Gilbey
    Incredibly creepy and addictive story that I was scarcely able to tear myself away from. There is just something about this authors writing style that enticed me in and just wouldn’t let me go.Although the book is called The House, it is about so much more than a house, although it is the trigger for everything that happens. For the first part of the book the story alternates between Jack and Syd telling the story in their easily identifiable v...