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The House by Simon Lelic



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 are watching them…

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*I would like to thank the publisher, Penguin Books UK, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

The House followed the story of couple Jack and Syd, who just moved into a house that Syd thinks is perfect for them. Jack, though, has some reservation. It seemed dodgy that the owner suddenly left for Australia and leaving all his stuff behind. But considering that they didn’t pay much for it, he can’t really complain. It is a really good deal and Syd looks happy, she immediately settled to the house, even making new friends with a neighbor. But then they started hearing strange noises and smelling a strange odor. On top of that, Jack made a gruesome discovery up in the attic and decided to keep it for himself. There’s no sense of scaring Syd with it. Until a murder took place just outside their new home and the police are taking great interest in them. The couple decided to write everything that happened leading up to the murder, no secrets, no lies, hoping they can find something to clear up their name. But what they uncover is something more sinister, more personal at play, manipulating them all along.

The blurb didn’t reveal much of what this book is really all about. And I’m telling you, there is so much more that will surely surprise you with this story. The plot for sure is unique and the mystery surrounding the house is intriguing. There is a paranormal feel to it at first that made the story a lot more interesting. That said, it was easy to get into at the beginning. It was told in both Jack and Syd’s perspective in a diary-like format, where they recounted the things that happened since they set foot in their new house. They read each other’s entries and respond to it as well which made things confusing at times but saved by the exceptional writing style. The characters are okay but there were times that I can’t find any sympathy towards them. It’s not because they are both flawed and unreliable narrators but because it was just hard for me to engage with them.

As I’ve said, there is so much more to it, more complex than expected. It took on a rather darker turn as the story progressed. The theme of abuse is very much present thus readers who get uneasy to such theme must approach this with caution. The twist is unexpected, surprising even. In the end, the house didn’t really have anything to do with anything, but more about the past one is trying to run away from and now is catching up with them. It is a twisted psychological thriller, not much suspense but still cleverly wrapped-up. In a whole, I find this one a decent read.





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