The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

“They paused briefly, in the doorway, then, remembering that Lou and Gavin didn’t observe the normal protocols, they let themselves out into the chilly night.”

I anticipated a different kind of read than what was here. I raised it too high in my mind’s eye and was disappointed as a result. This is no reflection on the quality of the writing, it was very easy to ‘see’ what the author was trying to convey and so from that aspect it was well written.

New neighbours move in to the house adjoining Sara and Neil. Their arrival creates a bit of a stir in the neighbourhood and Sara likes that ‘she’ becomes one of their closest friends. Sara drifts away from her own friends as she is drawn into the lives of Lou and Gavin. Both are artists in their own fields and their lives are mysterious and exciting, enticing to Sara.
Lou and Gavin have a tremendous impact on Sarah and Neil’s life story and although it goes full circle, they have to give something up as a consequence.

I probably would not have read this book if I had known what it was like beforehand. It was simply not my cup of tea. Others may well like it, but I found it to be a tedious gossip on the life of a small group of people trying to be more than what they are.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

2/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
‘Have you met them yet, the new couple?’
When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.
When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.
And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them…
Have you met The People at Number 9? A dark and delicious novel about envy, longing and betrayal in the suburbs…

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