Review | The House by Simon Lelic

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…


I just devoured this gem….

Perfect execution of a psychological thriller right here. I know the release date is a long ways off but I just HAD to dive right in and once I started I couldn’t put it down.

The writing is pure genius. SO original, so clever- the way Lelic starts off “telling” the story. You find out more later why it’s this way and I loved it even more.

“You see, the thing was, I hadn’t touched her. Not when I’d got up, not when I’d come back into the room. Whoever’s hand she thought she’d felt– it wasn’t mine.”

Right away we’re thrown into the telling of the story. It gives off such a creepy, mysterious, ominous vibe. Jack and Syd just moved into their new house but not all is as it seems. A series of events happen that has Jack wondering if he’s just paranoid or what’s really going on? He warns us early on it’s not paranormal, so it’s really got you on your toes wondering what this eerie feeling is.

“When you’re caught inside a dungeon, even the faintest flicker in the dark is like a promise of daylight. And if it turns out not to be, if it turns out instead to be a burning staircase… Well. You take your chances anyway.”

Meanwhile, Syd develops a close relationship with a young troubled girl in the neighborhood. One that she can relate to a lot from her childhood. One that just might get her in trouble herself, or could end up being her saving grace.

Tangled webs are woven…. lies are told… secrets are buried…. When it all comes to light and the truth comes out you will NOT see it coming!

My rating: 5/5 stars

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks for allowing me to read this book!


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