Sunday 17 July 2011

THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR by Christopher Ransom

Mick and Amy Nash are an ordinary couple leading ordinary lives. And then, into the house next door move the Renders beautiful, charming, perfect . . . and not at all what they pretend to be.

Too late Mick learns that something is deeply, darkly wrong with the neighbours. Who are these people Where did they come from And what are they hiding in the basement.

As death and darkness descend on the neighbourhood, only Mick can save his family and expose the horrifying truth about the people next door a secret already hailed as the most electrifying twist ending in years.

When I received this book for review, I didn't know a thing about it. The cover looked creepy and after reading the blurb, I was really curious about it. Besides, I like a good horror story. So I started reading it with enthusiasm...

The Nash family have some new neighbours, but there's something really creepy about them. Yet, that's not the most horrifying thing going on in their lives.

Each member of the family is going through their own thing at the moment. The father, Mick, is struggling to keep his business afloat, while losing time, and then not remembering what has happened. The mother, Amy, isn't happy with the way she looks, is constantly feeling lonely and struggling with some trouble of her own. The son, Kyle, is an average teenage boy getting up to mischief, until he meets a mysterious girl. And the daughter, Briela, is an odd girl who is prone to bouts of bizarre behaviour. But when they all realise that their neighbours have plans for them, they find themselves in the middle of some pretty horrible realisations.

The People Next Door is a book with an intriguing concept, and that was enough to suck me in. I really wanted to know what was going to happen to the Nash family. But the more I read, the more I started to lose interest. Until I realised that I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, and even found the big reveal disappointing.

I'm a sucker for a scary, creepy story... but found this one didn't deliver.         

The People Next Door, August 2011, ISBN 9781847443724, Sphere Paperback

H&UFRC books read: 33/24

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