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The People Next Door by Keri Beevis

Publication Date 16 11 2021

Her new house has a mysterious past—and her new life in the English countryside is about to take a dark turn . . .

When Ellie and Ash move into a beautiful old house in rural Norfolk, England, they believe they’ve found their perfect home. Intrigued by the people next door, Ellie befriends shy but sweet Benjamin, and as time goes by, becomes ever more curious about his elusive sister, Virginia.

But when she discovers that her new home has a darker past and that Ash has been keeping secrets, what she thought was a perfect life in the countryside begins to unravel. Is her best friend to be trusted, are the new neighbours all that they really seem, and why is her new puppy so obsessed with the cellar? Most worrying of all is the mystery of what happened to the former occupants of the house.

When Ash goes away on business and strange things begin to happen, Ellie’s paranoia goes into overdrive. But are these all coincidences—or is she really in danger?

Five Star Review

Atmospheric and Hitchcockian.

Ellie is happy moving into her new home but little by little things feel wrong. And as the tension escalates, those feelings of dread she feels quickly become our own. We know something bad might happen but we don't know where from.

Most of the narrative is centred around her new country home and this intensifies the sense of impending doom to the point where the house itself feels dangerous with a life of its own.

And through grounded and expertly crafted prose that suspense escalates until your skin crawls. Until you are horrified by what she discovers.

A brilliant, captivating read and one of the creepiest killers I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Highly recommended.

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