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The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse

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Kindle Edition: 352 Pages.

Published: 06 September 2018 by Michael Joseph



Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.

Hilda, Katy's mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it's too late?


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Interesting but Not Special

Katy Speed lives in 1960s Bexhill-on-Sea where nothing really happens. Her life consists of working as a secretary in a legal practice and not terribly wild nights out with her friend. Her home life is far from comfortable with a Mother who snaps and digs at every opportunity. Then one night the house across the street goes up in flames & Katy gets caught up in the aftermath.

I wouldn't say that this is a gripping book but a reasonable read. I did hover for a second over 3 stars but felt that this was worth more that 3.5 so deserved a four star review. It was a generally good read though I felt the rushed explanations of Katy's mother's behaviour at the end were too complicated for their place in this book.

Katy is a pleasant character - a little impetuous but a good character for a heroine. In fact, most of the characters in this book are generally nice people with the exception of Katy's mother. I found Katy's mother's behaviour a little extreme especially her reaction to her husband's imprisonment. It didn't work for me and I am not sure that the explanation provided explained it.

I like the fact that this book tackled the difficult subject matter of domestic abuse. By setting the book in the 1960s the author has highlighted the fact that domestic abuse was always there but women did not get the respect or protection that they deserved or needed. It also explains some of todays reactions  which are deeply intrenched in the past.

This was an interesting and enjoyable read.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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