The House by Simon Lelic



I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for my ARC for my honest opinion.

What if you manage to get your dream house, well more like a house you like, in London that you can just afford ?

What if against all odds your bid is chosen as the one.
This is precisely what happened to Jack and Sydney.  They went to a house viewing, looking around at the other potential buyers, they thought that their bid would not be accepted.  They are shocked and delighted to discover the owner of the house has chosen their bid as the one he will accept.  The owner just took a few personal belongings and emigrated.

Then one evening a body is discovered in an alley that runs behind their house.  The police are watching them. Things start to happen, things are discovered, secrets revealed and some secrets kept.  Their relationship will suffer, work will suffer and old feelings and issues will arise unexpectedly. Life will take a change in direction.

This is a great thriller / suspense novel.  It keeps the reader turning the pages from start to finish, with several twists.  During the story more is learnt about Jack and Sydney’s childhood.  How they were brought up and the reasons behind the various issues they have.


I really liked the way the chapters alternate between Jack and Sydney.  At first i was a little confused, but once you start getting into the story it all makes sense.  I liked the use of going back in time to their childhood, especially Sydney’s , it was like a regression therapy as she remembered and started to make sense of what had happened, as well as what she went through.  I would like to have known more about Jack’s childhood, but realise that the story is more about Sydney, than Jack.

The beginning of the book captures the reader straightaway, it describes Jack rubbernecking from his bedroom window.  OUtside the police are there, and they are watching.

I would definitely recommend this book to fellow thriller / suspense readers who like stories with twists, this has many.


Every House has a past….
Every couple has their secrets……

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…


ebook, 340 pages
Expected publication: August 17th 2017 by Penguin
ISBN13 9780241296554
Edition Language English